Alexis Sanchez Leads The Way On Money Earned Sitting On The Bench
Alexis Sanchez has made nearly £5 million just by sitting on Manchester United's bench this season as stats show which Premier League players have earned the most as substitutes.
When Alexis Sanchez moved to Manchester United in January 2018 it was seen as a bit of a coup for Jose Mourinho. Not only had he signed a player considered one of the best in the league at the peak of his powers but he'd also stolen him from under the nose of Pep Guardiola.
Guardiola had wanted to sign Sanchez the previous summer but after Arsenal wouldn't sell him on the last day of the 2017 summer transfer window the City manager seemed happy to wait for the Chilean to be available for nothing in the summer of 2018.
However now the former Barcelona manager must be thanking he wasn't reunited with his former Camp Nou colleague as the best thing Sanchez has done since arriving at Old Trafford is play the piano.
The former Udinese winger scored just two goals in 12 league games last season but it's even worse this tern with the 30 year old starting just eight league games, scoring once and getting three assists.
He has played another nine games as a substitute and, according to stats from bwin, he's earned more money than any other Premier League player on the bench this season:
Footballers who have earned the most money by sitting on the bench :eyes::eyes: pic.twitter.com/V7NN262bKY- EndaStory #FM19 (@EndaStoryFM) April 15, 2019
Sanchez has earned a whopping £4,881,014 just by sitting on a bench this season and he's not even been a substitute as much as others.
Second place Daniel Sturridge has been sat waiting for his turn on the pitch more than 1,400 minutes more than the United forward, putting into perspective Sanchez's wages.
The Liverpool striker is also the man with the most minutes as a sub in the Premier League this season, beating Burnley's Matej Vydra into second.
Sanchez's wages have reportedly caused issue at Old Trafford this season. It's rumoured that David de Gea has used the former Arsenal forward's wages as the benchmark for how much he should be paid.
The keeper has won four of the past five Player of the Year awards at the club and with his deal running out next season he wants similar money to the club's top earner.
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