Manchester United Reportedly Fear Angel Di Maria Repeat with Alexis Sanchez

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistMarch 21, 2018

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There are reportedly major concerns at Manchester United that Alexis Sanchez is struggling to settle at Old Trafford, and some at the club are fearing a repeat of Angel Di Maria's unsuccessful stay with the Red Devils. 

It has not even been two months since United beat Manchester City to sign Chilean forward Alexis from Arsenal.

According to the Daily Mail's Chris Wheeler, the Red Devils made him the best-paid player in the Premier League on £600,000 per week. But after a run of 10 games in which Sanchez has scored just one goal—a rebound from a penalty against Huddersfield Town on Feb. 3—there are concerns the signing could end up being a failure, not least due to his "miserable demeanour" at Carrington—where he "cuts an unhappy, isolated figure and often eats alone in the canteen."

Per Wheeler, there are also reports from some inside the club that he may regret his move to Manchester and is having "second thoughts" about his decision to join United. 

The comparison with Di Maria is potentially worrying.

The Argentinian playmaker signed for United for £59.7 million in August 2014 from Real Madrid just months after playing a major role in Los Blancos claiming La Decima, their 10th UEFA Champions League title. 

Much was expected of Di Maria, but after just a season of disappointment and failing to settle in Manchester, he departed for Paris Saint-Germain for £44 million in August 2015.

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Paris Saint-Germain's (PSG) new Argentinian midfielder Angel Di Maria poses with his PSG jersey on a balcony during his official presentation in Paris on August 6, 2015. Paris Saint-Germain completed the signing of Di Maria from Mancheste
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Per Wheeler, a United source fears a similar scenario with Sanchez, who is reportedly visibly unhappy in his new surroundings: "He looks like someone who doesn't want to be here. The whole thing doesn't seem right and he looks like a lost boy. It was the same with Di Maria."

United manager Jose Mourinho warned earlier this month that Red Devils fans are unlikely to see the best of Sanchez until next season, per Rob Dawson of ESPN.co.uk.

The Portuguese may well have a point as, with Chile having failed to qualify for the upcoming 2018 FIFA World Cup, Sanchez is set to have his first summer off in five years.

The 29-year-old played a crucial role in Chile's eye-catching run to the last 16 of the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then won back-to-back Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016 before being a runner-up at last summer's 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

However, Sanchez's ongoing poor form will remain a concern at United if it continues in the remainder of 2017-18, as will his reported unhappiness at the club. 

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