Manchester United will look to retain their only chance of winning a trophy this season when they host Brighton and Hove Albion in the quarter-finals of the FA Cup at Old Trafford on Saturday, and Red Devils fans have demanded manager Jose Mourinho makes a controversial change by dropping Alexis Sanchez from the starting line-up.
United were knocked out of the Champions League by Sevilla on Tuesday night, and with their opportunity of winning that gone and with arch-rivals Manchester City all but certain to lift the Premier League trophy, this is their final opportunity of silverware.
Sanchez has started all 10 of the Red Devils’ fixtures since he joined them from Arsenal during the January transfer window, but he has put in a number of below-par displays scoring just one goal and providing a further two assists, and he was slammed by the Old Trafford faithful for his performance against Sevilla.
Man United supporters have been quick to have their say on the 29-year-old ahead of the visit from the Seagulls on Saturday, and while one said “drop Sanchez, bring in Martial”, another said “hope we drop Pogba and Sanchez on Saturday”.
Here is just a selection of the Twitter reaction…
Wanna see a Pogba Mctominay Pivot against Brighton. Drop Sanchez bring in Martial. Sanchez needs time to adapt. #MUFC
— Lachie (@LAconnor23) March 16, 2018
Sanchez has been poor , i just think he needs to be on the bench for Brighton
— George (@TheLukakuWay) March 15, 2018
My team to face Brighton (11th in EPL) (FA cup quarterfinals):
– McTominay must start: he gives us the necessary balance to boost our attack.
– Time to think about the future: Bailly – Lindelof.
– Martial ahead of Alexis because Martial deserves it and Alexis needs a break. pic.twitter.com/R4fy5i26Cr
— MourinhoMUFCfan (@MourinhoMUFCfan) March 16, 2018
But I’d drop Sanchez. We played better before he came in.
— Matt Harding (@mattharding007) March 16, 2018
On form mourinhio should drop both Sanchez & pogba but has he got the bottle?
— Jim Wilkinson (@jimw1892) March 16, 2018
@ManUtd Jose needs more money for what???? Needs to rethink his style of play and man management.. Drop out of form players and yes that does mean @Alexis_Sanchez who has had 2/10 every game since joining.
— David Batten (@Davidab85) March 15, 2018
Hope we drop Pogba and Sanchez on Saturday.
— JH (@JLHMUFC) March 15, 2018