Logo of Phnom Penh Post newspaper Phnom Penh Post - ‘Fighter’ Sanchez can spark United, says Herrera



‘Fighter’ Sanchez can spark United, says Herrera

Alexis Sanchez's fighting spirit has already ignited Manchester United, teammate Ander Herrera has claimed, as the Chile forward prepares to make his Premier League debut for his new club against Spurs on Wednesday. AFP
Alexis Sanchez’s fighting spirit has already ignited Manchester United, teammate Ander Herrera has claimed, as the Chile forward prepares to make his Premier League debut for his new club against Spurs on Wednesday. AFP

‘Fighter’ Sanchez can spark United, says Herrera

Ander Herrera claims Alexis Sanchez’s fighting spirit has already ignited Manchester United as the Chile forward prepares to make his Premier League debut for his new club away at Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday night (at 3am Cambodian time).

Sanchez is the highest paid player in the Premier League after making a blockbuster move to United from Spurs' local rivals Arsenal last week.

The 29-year-old marked his debut by setting up two goals in United’s 4-0 beating of minnows Yeovil in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday.

Sanchez paraded his sublime skills to lay on strikes for Marcus Rashford and Herrera, but it wasn’t just his deft touch that impressed his United teammates.

Despite criticism of his attitude in the latter stages of his spell with Arsenal, Spain midfielder Herrera says Sanchez’s grit and desire have rubbed off on his new colleagues and are certain to prove a huge asset.

“What I really like from him is the way he fights when the team loses the ball,” Herrera told MUTV.

“He’s always ready to be the first defender for the team, and that's big for us.

“Obviously we know his quality on the ball, he’s amazing, but his fight, the way he defends, he’s the first player to defend. I really like it.”

United manager Jose Mourinho, whose second placed side are 12 points behind leaders Manchester City, clearly agrees with Herrera about Sanchez’s catalyst qualities.

Sanchez has now been designated his own locker in the United changing room next to two specific players.

The pair on either side of the Chilean are Rashford and Jesse Lingard, and Mourinho is reportedly behind the decision.

It is believed that Mourinho wants Sanchez’s positive attitude to work to rub off on the youngsters.

Premier League fixtures

Wednesday night

Chelsea v Bournemouth 2:45am
Everton v Leicester 2:45am
Newcastle v Burnley 2:45am
Man City v West Brom 3am
Tottenham v Man Utd 3am
Stoke v Watford 3am

MOST VIEWED

  • Hun Sen: Stop Russia sanctions

    Prime Minister Hun Sen said sanctions against Russia as a result of its military offensive in Ukraine should be stopped as they have produced no tangible results, and predicted that a global food crisis would ensue in 2023 as a consequence. Speaking to an audience at

  • Chinese tourists 2.0 – Coming anytime soon?

    Regional tourism is grappling with the absence of the prolific travellers and big spenders – the Chinese tourists. Cambodia, which has welcomed over two million Chinese tourists before Covid-19, is reeling from the economic loss despite being the first to fully open last November ‘To put

  • PM reflects on shoe throwing: Free speech or act of violence?

    Prime Minister Hun Sen on May 17 questioned whether a man who threw a shoe at him while he was in the US was exercising freedom of expression or if it was an act of hostility. Hun Sen was referring to an incident last week when

  • Siem Reap’s Angkor Botanical Garden opens

    The Angkor Botanical Garden was officially opened on May 19 with free entry for both local and international visitors for the first six weeks. The garden was established on a nearly 15ha plot of land in Siem Reap. “After the first six weeks, Angkor Botanical Garden

  • Pub Street on the cards for Battambang

    The Battambang Provincial Authority has announced that it is considering establishing a Pub Street in the area around the heritage buildings in Battambang town in a bid to attract more tourists. Battambang provincial governor Sok Lou told The Post that the establishment of a Pub

  • Hun Sen: Don’t react to hostility

    Prime Minister Hun Sen urged tolerance and thanked members of the Cambodian diaspora for not reacting to the hostility on display towards him by others while he was in the US to attend the May 12-13 ASEAN-US Special Summit in Washington, DC. In an audio