Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez has been a ‘Disease’ around the dressing room since his arrival at Manchester United according to ESPN presenter Ross Dyer.
Sanchez’s tenure at Old Trafford has been nothing short of a disaster since switching his allegiances from Arsenal back in January 2018.
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He has scored a measly 3 goals in 32 appearances for the Red Devils, showing the shadow of a player he was at Arsenal.
Another problem with the Chilean has been his much sought after £500,000-a-week wage which is higher than the likes of David De Gea, Paul Pogba and Marcus Rashford who are week in-week out standout performers for United.
And, Dyer believes that the entire Salary scenario surrounding Sanchez has had a very negative impact on Manchester United’s dressing room.
“You must have seen this in players in the past, players you played with as well, where they just go off the rails,” Dyer said.
“There’s a physical side to it, the weight comes on, not feeling settled perhaps.
“Not feeling like he is being prepped for the right position.
“Not really having the confidence of the coach, he’s started six games for [Ole Gunnar] Solskjaer.
“His only goal for Solskjaer I think came against Arsenal in the cup.
“It’s a player who is obviously lacking confidence but lacking confidence of the organisation behind him, which goes completely against what they did when they spent so much money, the club’s most expensive player of all time, to sign him.
“And he must have been, effectively for want of a better word, a disease in the dressing room in terms of what the other players have looked at for money earnings and what they want to get out of the club.”
Fellow ESPN Pundit Craig Burley agrees to Dyer’s points and also believes that Sanchez’s arrival has had a detrimental effect on the club’s dressing room
“You don’t necessarily have to be a bad influence in the dressing room in terms of your attitude to have a negative effect, purely for the financial reasons,” Burley said.
“You don’t have to be a bad guy, you don’t have to be somebody who falls out with everybody.
“But you’ve only got to be on that kind of money and the next person says ‘well, I need to be on that’.”