Throughout the entirety of the 38-game Premier League campaign, from the first week right up until the last, Manchester United have paid Alexis Sanchez a basic salary of £15,600,000; he earns a weekly wage of £400,000-a-week before bonuses.
In that time, the Chilean forward has scored just a single league goal. One.
For those of you who wouldn’t count maths as one of your strong points, that equates to £15,600,000 a goal for the 30-year-old. What an utterly ludicrous waste of money.
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The former Arsenal man’s struggles have been well documented since he arrived at Old Trafford, along with his astronomical wages, but one stat that emerged after Cardiff recorded a shock 2-0 win on the final day makes for particularly painful reading.
Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, the Bluebirds’ hero on the day with two goals, managed to double Sanchez’s goal tally at Old Trafford for the entire campaign in the space of one game – the Englishman’s brace means he is just one goal away from Sanchez’s total at the stadium since signing from Arsenal.
Other players to score more goals at Old Trafford than Sanchez this season include Lucas Moura, whilst the likes of Jan Valery, Shkodran Mustafi, Jack Marriot and Aboubakar Kamara have equalled the former Udinese man’s tally.
It can very easily be argued that Sanchez is the worst signing in the club’s entire history.
Since stepping foot through the doors at Old Trafford on the 22nd January 2018 up until the current day, United have paid £27,200,000 to Sanchez excluding bonuses, and have gotten a measly five goals in return – a whole £5,440,000 per strike.
Away from his obvious on-pitch troubles, Sanchez’s earning have caused hierarchical chaos at the club, making contract talks with David de Gea extremely difficult due to the Spaniard wanting to be paid the same as the club’s top earner.
His earnings have also led to the departure of fan favourite Ander Herrera, who was demanding in excess of £200,000-a-week during negotiations over a new contract, a strange thing to do considering he was previously on £80,000-a-week – probably because Sanchez earns £400,000-a-week and arguably does the least out of any member of the squad.
Worst signing in United’s history? He’s got to be up there.