Sanchez frustrated with his form

Chile international Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he has not found it easy to adapt to life at Manchester United following his transfer from Arsenal.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford in January, has struggled to cope with Jose Mourinho's preferred style of play and was a peripheral figure on Saturday as United were beaten 1-0 by Chelsea in the FA Cup final.

The 29-year-old has managed to score only three goals in 18 appearances for Mourinho's side, who are 6/1 to win the 2018/19 Premier League title and 1/3 to finish in the top four.

"I think that in every game I have played in I have maybe found it hard to adapt to the style of play and I have been getting to know my team-mates," said Sanchez.

"I also had some great players alongside me at Barcelona, some highly experienced guys who had great quality. I think that United are not too dissimilar as a club to them in their size and stature. However, I believe we need to improve in all aspects."

United finished second in the Premier League table but were 19 points behind champions Manchester City, 8/13 to win the title again next season.

"We need to be focused and concentrated in the big games and the same in the so-called lesser games too," Sanchez added. "I want to try and keep improving so we can see the club winning trophies."

SPOTLIGHT: Stateside Rooney, Super Rafa and a Chile-ing Absence

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Wayne Rooney is headed to the MLS

Wayne Rooney is reportedly set to depart from the Premier League to MLS

Wayne Rooney’s potential move to MLS has been agreed in principle

It’s not an exaggeration to say that Wayne Rooney’s time in the Premier League is now up. The former England captain is 32, had a subpar season with Everton and does not want to play for any clubs other than the Toffees and Manchester United.

Some feel that his game isn’t suited to the English game anymore, and his move away from the Premier League is inevitable. Wazza confirmed those theories by agreeing a deal in principle with Major League Soccer side DC United.

The deal, reportedly worth £12.5m, was closed after Rooney’s representatives negotiated terms in the United States. Pundits such as Gary Neville supported the move, saying that his return to his boyhood club didn’t really work out well for him.

However, Everton boss Sam Allardyce insists that the Toffees haven’t asked him to leave.

“My understanding is there seems to have been some negotiation along the line but as for clarity as to whether Wayne is staying or going we’ll see later on,” Allardyce said. “I’m comfortable with any player who wants to leave but let’s get this clear. Wayne Rooney has not asked to leave and neither has Wayne Rooney had a confrontation with me.”

Should Rooney head to the USA, he will inevitable meet with former United team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who already made himself a home with the LA Galaxy.

Rafael Nadal sets new record in dominant clay streak

Rafael Nadal broke McEnroe's 49-set winning run

Rafael Nadal holds an all-time winning record of 50 winning streak in a row

Rafael Nadal is undoubtedly the man to beat on clay courts, and his wins at Monte Carlo and Barcelona are clear evidence of his dominance. However, not many people know that Nadal just added another huge accomplishment to his already-illustrious career.

The King of Clay broke American tennis legend John McEnroe’s record of 49 straight sets won on the same surface. The match that got him through the record books is his victory over Diego Schwartzman in the third round of the Madrid Open.

He will try to extend his record when he faces Dominic Thiem, but Nadal is just appreciating what he just did.

“When my career is over, these are things that are going to be there for always. It’s difficult to be able to win 50 sets in a row,” Nadal said. “Well, it’s done. It’s over. Let’s not talk about that anymore and let’s continue on what we have ahead, which is what I am concerned about.”

Chile’s World Cup absence will haunt Sanchez

Chile missed out the World Cup qualification

Despite being on FIFA’s Top Ten, Alexis Sanchez and Chile will miss the World Cup.

Football fans that know their FIFA World Rankings will be aware that almost every single nation in the Top Ten are on their way to Russia. Chile is the only curious exception.

It’s unimaginable that a team that stars Alexis Sanchez, Arturo Vidal and Claudio Bravo would be missing out on playing for the World Cup. However, a devastating defeat to Brazil forced Sanchez and friends to try and make it to the intercontinental playoff.

Colombia’s loss to Peru doomed La Roja to spend the summer watching the World Cup from their homes. The loss hurt Sanchez so bad that it affected his training with Arsenal.

Arsene Wenger shared his opinion on his former winger: “I believe to play at the top level, it is part of dealing with that kind of disappointment. He is in a very difficult mind. Chile just won the Copa America twice, and now they don’t even go to the World Cup.”

It wouldn’t be a stretch to think that Chile’s devastating exit from the World Cup was what prompted Sanchez to pack up and leave the Emirates for better pastures. While he is now playing on a better team at Manchester United, the sting of not playing in Russia will affect his mental state for quite some time.

He is among the list of excellent players who won’t play in the World Cup. The fault is in no way entirely Sanchez’s, but the team did lose some important matches that could have secured their spot.

All they could do now is hope that Sanchez is still as effective a player when he is 33 for the next World Cup. While this won’t be his last World Cup, Alexis won’t be playing at such a high level when the doors for Qatar open.

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Lukaku sits out league finale

Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku will not feature in the final two games of the Premier League season due to an ankle injury.

The Red Devils ace suffered the problem during the 2-1 win over Arsenal late last month and was forced to sit out the 1-0 defeat at Brighton last Friday, with Lukaku now hoping to be back in contention in time for the FA Cup final against Chelsea.

Midfielder Marouane Fellaini will also miss the trip to the London Stadium to take on West Ham on Thursday evening, but could be back in time for the final game of the Premier League campaign, at home to Watford on Sunday.

However, United will be boosted by the returns of defender Phil Jones and Alexis Sanchez for the clash with the Irons, as they aim to ensure finishing in second place in the table.

Boss Jose Mourinho told reporters: "In terms of injuries, it's Lukaku and Fellaini. They are the two players who are not available for tomorrow. Phil Jones is back, Alexis Sanchez is back and there are no more problems.

"Lukaku will not play in the last league game of the season, Fellaini might – it is a muscular problem and we will wait and see."

Meanwhile, Hammers boss David Moyes is happy to wait until the season is over before discussing a longer-term stay at the London Stadium, having guided his side away from relegation danger following his arrival in November.

He added: "We have always said that we will talk after the end of the season. We will wait.

"It was always the way I wanted it and I won't change my views until after we've got these two games out of the way."

Moyes has a number of injury absentees to cope with against United, with the likes of Javier Hernandez, Michail Antonio, James Collins, Winston Reid and Pedro Obiang all missing, while goalkeeper Joe Hart and forward Marko Arnautovic are doubtful.

West Ham are 18/5 to claim victory on Thursday evening, with the draw priced at 14/5, while United are available at 8/1 to secure a 2-1 win.

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De Gea desperate for trophies

Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea is desperate to add to his trophy collection and believes current boss Jose Mourinho is the man to help him do so.

The 27-year-old Spain international moved to Old Trafford in the summer of 2011 and has since emerged as one of the finest goalkeepers in world football.

However, De Gea is keen for more silverware, having won just one Premier League title and the FA Cup before the League Cup and Europa League were claimed in Mourinho's first season in charge at United in 2016/17.

He told the Daily Mail: "I'm playing well, I'm confident, but I have to maintain it and win trophies. That's what world-class players do.

"I want to win. If you are at United, you need a manager with a winning mentality. We had that with (Alex) Ferguson, Mourinho has it. He wants to win every game.

"We spoke at the Euros and he told me he wanted me with him and wanted trophies.

"Titles are what I crave. We have to get United back to their best, back in the Champions League, back as the champions of England, back to the top."

De Gea has been linked with a return to Spain for much of his time in Manchester, but Mourinho was quick to slam the door on the latest speculation claiming that there was "no chance" of his player leaving this summer.

United and De Gea are 6/5 to keep a clean sheet at home to Arsenal on Sunday and are 17/2 to claim a 1-0 win over the Gunners, with Alexis Sanchez 11/10 to score at any time against his former club.

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Wenger set for Sanchez reunion

Arsene Wenger admits it will be a little strange to see Alexis Sanchez line up for the opposition when Arsenal face Manchester United at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Chile international forward Sanchez exited the Gunners in January in a swap deal which saw attacking midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction.

And the South American will face his former club for the first time on Sunday, as Wenger makes his final trip as a manger to Old Trafford.

The Frenchman told his club's official website: "At the time he did not accept our contract offer and the best possible way where we could get something from his departure was to make an exchange for the player of the quality of Mkhitaryan.

"For him, it was a move to another big club. Overall, both parties had interest to do what happened.

"Of course (it will be little bit strange to face Alexis). The only thing that he has not changed is the colour, that's still red.

"It's strange for me to see him in a different shirt, because he had a strong bond with the club and of course he was here for a few years. He did extremely well for us."

Sanchez has scored three goals in 14 appearances for United since his move, while Mkhitaryan has netted twice in 12 outings for the Gunners.

Another January recruit, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, has scored six in nine Premier League games since his arrival from Borussia Dortmund and he is 7/4 to score at any time on Sunday.

A draw is available at 9/2, while United are 8/1 to register a 2-1 victory on home turf.

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Mourinho waits for Sanchez best

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is confident that January recruit Alexis Sanchez will be 'great' for the Old Trafford outfit next season.

The 29-year-old Chile international forward has scored three goals in 14 appearances for the Red Devils since his arrival from Arsenal, with Mourinho believing that next season will be the one where Sanchez shows his true class.

The Portuguese told reporters ahead of a Sunday showdown with Sanchez's former club at Old Trafford: "He was playing in (the Premier League) for years, we all know how good he was, that's why he was chased by so many teams, I believe.

"That's why we fought to have him here and I was saying he's the right player, not just because of typical football qualities, but his mentality as well.

"We needed that. We needed more experience, more mental aggression and I knew sooner or later it was coming.

"I don't like the January market, but it was now or never. Can he help us the way he's helping us lately for the rest of the season? I hope so and feel so, but what I'm sure about is next season.

"After pre-season and after being comfortable and adapted, he'll be great for us."

Sanchez spent three and a half years with the Gunners before opting to head to Manchester, having scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League appearances for the Gunners.

He can be backed at 11/10 to score at any time against Arsenal on Sunday, while the South American is 11/2 to score two or more goals in the game.

United, who won 3-1 at the Emirates Stadium earlier this season, are 11/1 to claim another 3-1 victory on Sunday.

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Sanchez demands more of himself

Chile international Alexis Sanchez admits that he has been disappointed with his form since he joined Manchester United in January.

Sanchez, who moved to Old Trafford from Arsenal, has scored just once, against Huddersfield Town in February, in 10 appearances for United.

"Because I demand a lot from myself, I was hoping for something better," Sanchez said. "After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly.

"The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I have changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult."

The 29-year-old scored 60 goals in 122 Premier League games during his time with Arsenal following his transfer to Emirates Stadium from Barcelona in the summer of 2014.

Chile, who failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russia, play friendlies against Sweden on Saturday and Denmark three days later.

Chile are 11/8 to beat Sweden while Manchester United can be backed at 9/4 to win the FA Cup this season. Jose Mourinho's side face Tottenham at Wembley in the semi-finals on 21st April.

Sanchez is available at 8/5 to score at any time against Sweden.

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Sweden vs Chile

This should have been one of the friendly football games to savour less than three months before the start of the World Cup.

Yet, amazingly, this clash in the Friends Arena only features one nation which will grace the summer spectacle in Russia.

That’s because the biggest sports betting shock of all last autumn came for the Copa America holders.

For so long, Chile seemed on track to qualify for what organisers call the ‘greatest show on earth’.

Then three losses in their final four qualifiers saw them drop out of the qualifying spots and meant star men like Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal would spend the sunnier months on the beach while many of the world’s stars are on the biggest stage of all.

Perhaps that is why new coach Reinaldo Rueda has included uncapped players in his squad for their visit to Solna.

Although star names remain in the squad, the likes of Claudio Bravo, Jorge Valdivia and Gonzalo Jara miss out, so new faces are likely to feature at some point.

The South American have lost four of their last six and, without a major tournament to look forward to this summer, this seems an ideal time to experiment.

Less so the Scandinavians who, while likely to give outings to some fringe players, will want to have a settled first XI in place for their opener against South Korea on June 18.

Janne Andersson has been reportedly considering a plea to ask country hero Zlatan Ibrahimovic to come out of retirement, but that is probably wishful thinking from sections of the media and support who miss the great talisman.

And why should he? The Swedes displayed both talent and spirit in the camp which led to the massive play-off success in November over Italy which means the Azzurri, like Chile, are big-name absentees.

As Chile look to rebuild, Sweden look to build on a success which also saw them come through a qualifying group which contained France and Holland—the Dutch also casualties of the campaign.

The Friends Arena has been a happy hunting ground for Sweden in their last five competitive matches. There is no reason why that won’t continue this weekend.

Both nations have points to prove, but Sweden may just have that bit more!

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Sanchez wants to “win everything”

Alexis Sanchez has been speaking about his move from Arsenal to Manchester United and says he wants to "win everything" with his new club.

The striker made the switch to Old Trafford in January in a move that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan join the Gunners and Sanchez says he moved to improve as a player as well as to get his hands on some silverware.

He told Sky Sports: "There are lots of big clubs, and having played for Arsenal, they are also one of them. It's a huge club and I was there.

"But coming here, looking at the badge, I think United have to win everything because it's such a big club. The club crest says it all."

United are trailing neighbours City by 13 points in the Premier League so a first Premier League title may be beyond Sanchez this season but they are still in the FA Cup and the Champions League, taking on Sevilla for a place in the quarter-finals.

United are 14/1 to win the Champions League.

Sanchez added: "I came here to win [things]. I left Arsenal because I wanted to develop and learn as a player, and get to experience a new club.

"Manchester United are a huge club on the global stage. I came here to win everything. Otherwise I wouldn't have come here."

Sanchez and United travel to St James' Park on Sunday to take on struggling Newcastle United who are just a point above the relegation zone.

United are 4/6 for the win with Newcastle 5/1 and the draw priced at 29/10.

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Crazy Money, Striker Merry-Go-Round and More in the EPL!

January may be cold, but Premier League clubs made sure to heat it up for sports betting fans with several big moves before the deadline.

Sure enough, the daft and desperate looked into the transfer market in hopes of turning the betting odds around. However, even the online gambling favourites and established clubs joined in the hunt (fun?) as the January window spending hit a total of £450million, a new league record.

The highlight of deadline day, of course, is the striker merry-go-round which saw Arsenal capture Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Borussia Dortmund for £56m, and the subsequent sale of Olivier Giroud to Chelsea—who also got Roma defender Emerson Palmieri to join recently acquired Ross Barkley to their ranks.

West Ham, Crystal Palace, Swansea and Newcastle made their moves as well to add more attacking quality to their lineups. The Hammers and Eagles made late acquisitions for Jordan Hugill (Preston) and Alexander Sorloth (FC Midtjylland), respectively. Meanwhile, Andre Ayew returned to the Swans and Islam Slimani completed a loan move to Newcastle all the way from King Power Stadium.

In other big money deals, Tottenham spent £25m on PSG winger Lucas Moura while Stoke paid £14m for Galatasaray midfielder Badou Ndiaye.

While it was a busy deadline day, the whole transfer window has not been short of crazy as well.

As soon as the window opened, Liverpool made a splash and signed Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton for a world-record fee for a defender, which undoubtedly set the tone for this month’s spending. Adrien Silva, on the other hand, joined Leicester after missing the August deadline by mere seconds!

And who could forget the Arsenal-Manchester United swap which sent Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford in exchange for the unwanted Henrikh Mkhitaryan?

There’s also Manchester City who banked on their foreign wealth to boost their already strong squad. They missed out on Riyad Mahrez (again), but they were able to get Aymeric Laporte from Athletic Bilbao in a club-record fee in pound sterling.

On other transfer deals, Everton added depth in their frontline with the purchase of Theo Walcott. Loan moves of Inter’s Joao Mario to West Ham, Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge to West Brom and Barcelona’s Gerard Deulofeu to Watford also highlighted what has been an outrageous month for the English top-flight.

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