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Alexis Sanchez Wasn't Even In The Picture To Start Marcus Rashford's Goal

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Alexis Sanchez Wasn't Even In The Picture To Start Marcus Rashford's Goal

Manchester United's resurgence continued with a hard fought 2-0 win over Newcastle United and Alexis Sanchez became the latest player to show his regeneration with an incredible sprint to set up Marcus Rashford's goal.

There was little doubt before the beginning of the match that a trip to Newcastle was going to be Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's biggest test as Manchester United manager since joining the club last month. By the end of the 90 minutes there was no doubt left.

United, sorry Newcastle but as a once club city you'll have to accept that the Manchester version get preference of being called 'United,' were made to fight for their 2-0 and perhaps were lucky at times to be in the situation to win, after Newcastle failed to convert some good opportunities.

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The players seem to be loving life under Solskjaer and Marcus Rashford continued his good form with an assist and a goal.

One player who hadn't previously had the chance to shine under the new manager was Alexis Sanchez, who had been injured for the last nine games, but the Chilean got his first opportunity from the bench against Newcastle.

He didn't get too many openings to make an impact but he got the assist for Rashford's goal and showed incredible pace and desire for it, going from out of the picture to making the assist in seconds.

Pogba starts the counter and releases Rashford. Sanchez is nowhere to be seen. Image: beIN Sports
Pogba starts the counter and releases Rashford. Sanchez is nowhere to be seen. Image: beIN Sports
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Within three seconds Sanchez is up to the half way line, the only player near Rashford and Lukaku. Image: beIN
Within three seconds Sanchez is up to the half way line, the only player near Rashford and Lukaku. Image: beIN
The Chilean forward continues his pursuit of his fellow forwards. Image: beIN
The Chilean forward continues his pursuit of his fellow forwards. Image: beIN
Sanchez slides the ball to Rashford who passes it beautifully into the net. Image: beIN
Sanchez slides the ball to Rashford who passes it beautifully into the net. Image: beIN

Sanchez has been a shadow of the player he was at Arsenal before moving to Old Trafford in January, when United beat rivals City to the signing, and fans will be hoping the new manager will have the same effect on him as Solskjaer's had on the rest of the players.

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Once again Anthony Martial and Rashford looked dangerous and Pogba was far happier in his number 10 role, even if it was his worst performance for Solskjaer.

The Red Devils even managed to keep their first clean sheet under their new manager, thanks in part to some poor finishing from Rafa Benitez' side.

If Sanchez continues to show the same pace and desire and Wednesday night there could be some long days ahead for opposition defenders.

Topics: Paul Pogba, Football News, Anthony Martial, Manchester United, English Football, Premier League, Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Newcastle United

Ryan Sidle
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