Man Utd v Arsenal: Alexis Sanchez shows Angel Di Maria how to shine

Manchester United’s Angel Di Maria will not have to look far at Old Trafford on Monday for an example of why he should be making a much bigger impact in English football.

Like Di Maria, Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez is South American, small in stature and with bags of pace and attacking skill.

Both of them arrived from a La Liga superpower in the summer for massive money, and with a big reputation too.

Unfortunately for United’s £59.7m man, they do not have much in common when it comes to what they have done since.

Graphic comparing the stats of Angel Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez this season

For me, Sanchez has been one of the signings of the season £35m from Barcelona not far behind Chelsea duo Cesc Fabregas and Diego Costa – who look like they are going to win the league.

In contrast, Di Maria has been the biggest disappointment.

That is not just because his fee was a British record, but when you consider how good he is and what he had achieved before he signed.


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