Manchester United have experienced an uncharacteristic start to the 2018/19 season where they have struggled to pick up regular wins. The Red Devils come into the midweek Champions League game with Valencia with three games without a victory and we look into a couple of things they could try to return to winning ways.
Two things United should try out versus Valencia:
Alexis Sanchez on the right side of the attack: The Chile international has struggled to settle with United since his January switch from Arsenal and during this period, he has contributed just three goals from 24 appearances across all competitions. Due to this, he was completely axed from the matchday squad during the recent Premier League defeat at West Ham United but the attacker should re-enter the fray for the visit of Los Che. It remains to be seen whether Jose Mourinho would hand him a starting role, but based on a neutral point of view, the Portuguese should consider playing Sanchez on the right wing where he has barely featured in the United colours. Perhaps, the change of position could spark a revival for the Chilean, whose career has been on a downslide since his headline-making switch from the Emirates Stadium.
Another chance for Eric Bailly to redeem himself: Bailly started the season as the first-choice central defender alongside Victor Lindelof but he managed to maintain his position for only two matches before being dropped to the bench. In the second of those matches, the Ivorian had a game to forget as he was positionally poor in the 3-2 defeat at Brighton & Hove Albion where he handed a reckless penalty, and he has since been overlooked by the manager, who has offered him just two minutes of first-team action from the bench. However, the upcoming European game against Valencia could provide him with another opportunity to prove his credentials after the struggles faced by Phil Jones and Victor Lindelof in the recent League Cup and Premier League matches respectively. Chris Smalling has been the constant in central defence during this period and should take up one of the available positions.
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