Friday, 22 February, 2019

Dier doubts Sanchez debut 'is going to make a difference'

Manchester United star Alexis Sanchez has brought change in tactics GETTYManchester United star Alexis Sanchez has brought change in tactics
Kristopher Love | 31 January, 2018, 04:11

It reminded me of the rugby player on the Lions tour who looked up to the big screen in the stadium and saw he had blood around his eye, and then spread it across his forehead and face for more effect.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Daley Blind and Eric Bailly are expected to be the visitors' only injury absentees.

United are looking to continue their winning run in 2018 when they take on Mauricio Pochettino's Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

Whereas he was regularly seen smiling and joking - particularly in press conferences - during the early years of his managerial career, we're now used to seeing the scowling, negative figure who seems to be constantly at war with various people involved in the game.

Despite criticism of his attitude in the latter stages of his spell with Arsenal, Spain midfielder Herrera says Sanchez's grit and desire have rubbed off on his new colleagues and are certain to prove a huge asset.

Mourinho believes Sanchez's arrival will help fellow forward Marcus Rashford blossom into an outstanding talent, rather than see his opportunities become more limited.

However, Tottenham are unbeaten in their last five games in the Premier League and haven't lost at Wembley since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Chelsea back in August. Win the midfield and give the ball to Harry Kane. No team has conceded fewer goals in the Premier League this season than United (16) and no goalkeeper has kept more clean sheets than David De Gea (14).

Speaking after Spurs' 1-1 draw with Newport County in the FA Cup, Dier played down the significance of the match and Sanchez's hopes of proving decisive. The Chilean won two FA cups while playing for Arsenal, and he could be of great boost for the Red Devils should he gel with his colleagues faster.

The match at Wembley kicks off at 20:00 GMT on Wednesday, with live coverage available in the United Kingdom on BT Sport 1.

However, The Red Devils must switch their focus quite quickly, because they will have a tough encounter in the English Premier League when they will visit Tottenham Hotspur.

"We have recently been advised about all your wonderful dedication to Manchester United." the letter read. They last lost at the venue in the 2011 Champions League final (1-3 vs Barcelona).

By the end of his time at United, he did neither.

Mkhitaryan started one league game for United in the last two months so he might need time to get up to speed at Arsenal.