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Copa offers Chiles Sanchez chance to banish United woes
Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:21

Copa offers Chiles Sanchez chance to banish United woes

Times of Malta
Wed, 12 Jun 2019 17:21

Its been an annus horribilis and a half for Chiles iconic leader Alexis Sanchez, who is known as the 'Nino Maravilla' -- wonder-kid -- in his homeland.

Copa offers Chiles Sanchez chance to banish United woes




Its been an annus horribilis and a half for Chiles iconic leader Alexis Sanchez, who is known as the "Nino Maravilla" -- wonder-kid -- in his homeland.

Chiles most capped player of all time and record goalscorer, Sanchez is so popular in the South American country that he even stars in a film about himself that was released in Chile last month.

Having helped Chile win the last two Copa America competitions -- including the one-off 100-year celebration Centenario in the United States in 2016 -- a statue of him has even been erected in his home town Tocopilla.

But its been an otherwise dreadful last 18 months for the Manchester United winger on the pitch.

And Sanchez will be desperate to prove he has much more to offer than his recent club form suggests.

Since moving from Arsenal in January 2018, the vibrant and pacey forward has been a shadow of his former self.

He scored 60 goals in 123 league games for the Gunners, almost one in every two matches, but that ratio has dropped to less than one in 10 at United, where he had just nine Premier League starts and one goal in the last campaign.

He also had to sit out the 2018 World Cup in Russia as Chile hadnt qualified.

At 30,...