Manchester United drew for the ninth time at Old Trafford this season after only managing a 1-1 draw with Everton on Tuesday night.
Jose Mourinho’s men had four days earlier failed to break down a stubborn West Brom in a goalless draw, and their home woes continued earlier this week when Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s late penalty could only rescue a point for the Red Devils.
It did extend their unbeaten league run to 20 matches though, albeit they have drawn ten of them, and just about keeps them in the hunt for a top four finish come May.
Mourinho’s men are sixth in the table and four points behind neighbours Manchester City in fourth with nine games to go, although it is becoming increasingly likely that their best bet for Champions League football next term is by winning this year’s Europa League, of which they are in the last eight.
However, with much to play for between now and May, there seems to be no respite in the speculation about who Mourinho may look to sign in the summer, and one man they’ve been linked with in recent days is Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean has scored 18 goals and laid on nine assists in 29 Premier League matches for Arsene Wenger’s side this season, although he has yet to agree a new deal at the Emirates, and with his current one expiring next year, it has led to widespread rumours about his future.
And, according to reports (via the Metro), United boss Mourinho has called the 28-year-old about a potential move to Old Trafford this summer, and it’s a deal the Red Devils quite simply have to get done ahead of rivals Chelsea and Manchester City if they are to seriously challenge for the Premier League next season.
That’s because Sanchez has once again proven to be one of the best players in the division this term.
The forward has been excellent for Arsenal ever since he moved to the Emirates back in 2014 from Barcelona, netting 16 league goals in his first campaign and 13 in his second, but this season has seen him take it to another level.
He has already surpassed his best Premier League goal-scoring season by netting 18 times, and his tally of nine assists is also his best since arriving in England – he has been outstanding, and has at times carried Arsenal to fifth place in the division with just nine games to go.
Ultimately though, it has been how well he has adapted to the more advanced role which has delighted many, given that not only has he performed brilliantly himself, but he has also got the best out of those just behind.
Mesut Ozil has been in fine form for much of the campaign – he was excellent against West Ham on Wednesday – and Theo Walcott is currently embarking on his best goal-scoring season since 2012/13.
Thus, just imagine what he could do to the likes of Paul Pogba, Juan Mata, and Henrikh Mkhitaryan in the United team!
Armenian international Mkhitaryan has already proven to be a quality addition, while Mata is having arguably his best season since moving to Old Trafford back in 2014.
Sanchez would help galvanise a side that have been goal-shy this term – he would help give them that clinical edge, that moment of magic when they needed it most as, in all fairness, that has been the main thing, perhaps the only thing, that has prevented United from a serious title challenge this term.
Their tally of 12 draws is the most of any side in the league, and when you look at those 12 games, the vast majority were dominated by United, but no-one could put the ball in the net – Sanchez has proven this season, and indeed in previous, that he can be that man to step up.
That calibre of player may even help convince Ibrahimovic to stay at the club beyond the summer, which is something that you sense is far from a done deal at this stage, and United fans will look back to the last Arsenal signing they clinched back in 2012, and what he went on to achieve, as encouragement and excitement at a potential deal for Sanchez.
The 28-year-old could easily become the next Robin van Persie at Old Trafford, and take United to that next level – competing for titles on both the domestic and European stage.