Go back to the blog

oulala - Alexis Sanchez must not start against Sevilla and here's why

Alexis Sanchez must not start against Sevilla and here's why

Stat Attack | Posted on by
Alexis Sanchez's work-rate, hunger and desire cannot be questioned. However since joining Manchester United, the Chilean ranks as the worst Premier League player in two of the most undesirable statistics, unsuccessful touches and times dispossessed, analysis from daily fantasy football platform Oulala.com shows.
 
Manchester United travel to Sevilla in the first leg of their Champions League Round of 16 clash on Wednesday night with Jose Mourinho's side looking to take a positive result back to Old Trafford in three weeks time.  
 
Sevilla currently rank as the second best team in possession at home in the Champions League this season, enjoying an average of 61 per cent of the ball in their three group games at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan stadium. Barcelona are the only sides to have retained possession more on their own turf (62.7%). 
 
Away to a possession-based side such as Sevilla, Jose Mourinho's starting XI must match up to the Spanish club's qualities. There's no space for passengers in the Champions League. That means, no place for Alexis Sanchez.  
 

 
Alexis Sanchez ranks as Man United's 23rd (of 26) best player in possession in the Premier League after his opening three league games, averaging a passing accuracy of 72.7 per cent. Of the three players with worse accuracy; David de Gea has completed 56.8% of his passes, normal for a goalkeeper, while 20-year-old defender Axel Tuanzebe who after playing just one Premier League minute, has no passing data on record. 
 
Additionally, Oulala.com stats also show that since joining United, Sanchez has been the Premier League's worst performing player in two more key areas. 
 
The 29-year-old has averaged more unsuccessful touches (4) in his opening three league matches for his new club than any other player in English football's top flight. Sanchez has also been dispossessed an average of four times in each game, again the most by any player. 
 
 
Should Alexis Sanchez start for Manchester United against Sevilla on Wednesday night? The stats suggest not. 
Share