It sounds obscene to say, but being injured until the new year could well be the best thing for Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean international has struggled ever since moving to Manchester United in January, struggling to show the same sharpness and enthusiasm which once made him a favourite at Arsenal.
When signed, it seemed as if he was perfect for a Jose Mourinho team. A hard-working winger that would put the graft in whilst having the quality to go with it, being a very different type of player to both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial. It seemed a perfect match, yet it has proved to be a nightmare year on the field for him.
Now 29, Sanchez should be in the prime of his career, yet is instead in the midst of what has probably been his worst stretch of form since moving to the Premier League in 2014. There were signs of it coming in his final few months at Arsenal, although it was then disregarded as him having his head turned.
Manchester City appeared to be his most likely destination and perhaps a move to the Etihad playing under Pep Guardiola could’ve worked out better for him. Instead, he is on the red side of Manchester and things haven’t gone to plan.