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Forget Alexis: Here are 2 Man Utd players that can fill his boots

Man Utd fans don't have to be concerned about squad depth should Sanchez depart this month with these two youngsters ready to step up..

It looks as though Alexis Sanchez will be departing from Man Utd with the European transfer window still open. Fans are worried about the depth of attackers in the squad but fear not. There are two players who can step up to the place this season…

Sanchez has struggled to perform at Manchester United, under both Mourinho and Solskjaer. He has scored just 5 goals in 45 appearances for the Reds and has failed to live up to his £300k+ per week wages.

The Chilean is close to signing with Inter Milan, and are reportedly discussing details of the deal, as they look to take a second Man Utd’s cast off into their ranks.

In Solskjaer’s favoured squad, forward players include Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. There is also Daniel James, Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata who can play attacking midfield/wing positions.

Alexis Sanchez could fit into all the roles of the aforementioned players, striker, winger or attacking midfield. However, with the ex-Arsenal man looking to move to Italy, who can possibly replace him in Man Utd’s squad?

Angel Gomes

Gomes is one of the best young talents around. His ability to play off the wing was proven in the pre-season game against Spurs, as the youngsters scored a goal that humiliated the Champions League finalists.

His low centre of gravity and speed allows him to dribble through players as if they weren’t there, very similar to Lionel Messi. Gomes’ ability to pick out dangerous passes in the final third makes him akin to an Alexis Sanchez who is doing his job correctly.

Gomes is most definitely ready to be introduced into first-team football. Without Sanchez in the squad, the young Englishman has a much higher chance of being in the middle of the actions throughout the season.

Tahith Chong

Sanchez was often played as an out and out winger. His tendency to drift in towards the middle of the park often voided Paul Pogba of advancing up towards the opposition’s box.

Chong serves as a proper winger. He will be on the touchline ready to receive the ball and drive forward. Chong’s speed and footballing talent would allow him to serve as an old-school winger for situations where Man Utd are looking to attack down the flanks.

Dan James is similar, but arguably more versatile than Chong as he can happily play in any of the forward four positions. Chong is a tool to be used for specific occasions when applied correctly, he can and will cause mayhem for opponents.

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