Billions of dollars still only gets you a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield these days.

$340m flop’s staggering fall from grace

October 1, 2018

 Alexis Sanchez was hammered by Manchester United fans after the Chilean continued his poor form in the 1-1 draw at Huddersfield Town.

United’s hopes of qualifying for the Champions League went up in smoke at The John Smith’s Stadium thanks to a limp attacking performance, spearheaded by Sanchez, The Sun reports.

The former Arsenal man failed to take a shot at goal in a quiet outing before manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer subbed him off for youngster Tahith Chong after just 54 minutes.

His exit came amid an injury scare, meaning he could have played his final game for the club if Solskjaer can find a buyer for him this summer.

And Red Devils supporters took aim at Sanchez, who has become symbolic of the club’s issues.

“Alexis Sanchez, worst signing in Manchester United history, worst No 7 of all time,” one irate fan, Michael, tweeted. “Must go at all cost.”

Another, James, posted: “Alexis Sanchez is the worst transfer in the history of football.

“Nothing comes close. Absolute insanity.”

Signing in January of last year, the winger technically didn’t command a transfer fee as Henrikh Mkhitaryan went to Arsenal in a swap deal.

However that led to United agreeing a $AUD950,000-per-week contract that Sanchez certainly hasn’t repaid, scoring just three league goals for the club.

It was reported at the time of his move from Arsenal that Sanchez’s total contract was worth $338 million.

Alexis Sanchez has just three EPL goals this campaign.

Alexis Sanchez has just three EPL goals this campaign.Source:Getty Images

Ex-player Gary Neville tore into him as Huddersfield came from a goal down to secure the draw, saying on Sky Sports: “The depths of despair for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Manchester United is how [Sanchez] has performed since he came to the club.

“It’s an absolute mystery. I don’t know if anyone can put any science or sense behind what has happened to him.

“It’s as if one the most tenacious football player you will ever see with and without the ball has lost absolutely everything.

“That’s from confidence, to his energy, to his legs, to his dribbling abilities, to his goals.

“There is nothing left in Alexis Sanchez at all. And we are still waiting for him to turn up.

“There are number of imminent decisions to be made on number of players at Manchester United and he is one of them.”

With the draw, United were officially ruled out of a top-four finish having won just one of their last eight games in all competitions.

Solskjaer admitted his side did not deserve to qualify for the Champions League next season after the embarrassing 1-1 draw.

United have now won just two of their past 11 games in all competitions leaving the decision to hand Solskjaer the job on a permanent basis in March open to question.

Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Watford means United fall four points outside the top four with just one game of the season to go and are likely to end the campaign in sixth.

“We are all disappointed. We are not in the Champions League, I think that is a true reflection. The table seldom lies at the end,” said Solskjaer.

Billions of dollars still only gets you a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield these days.

Billions of dollars still only gets you a 1-1 draw with Huddersfield these days.Source:Getty Images

Should Watford beat Manchester City in the FA Cup final, United now face having to start their season in Europa League qualifiers on July 25th.

“We gave ourselves a chance to be in the Champions League,” Solskjaer said of a run of 14 wins in his first 17 games in charge before the rot of the past few months set in.

“We got so many opportunities to grab third or fourth and weren’t able to. The Europa League is the right place to be for us next year.

“If City don’t win the FA Cup we’ll have a very bright and early start for the Europa League and it might make it more difficult.” The Norwegian has bemoaned United’s lack of goals of late and recalled Sanchez to his starting line-up for the first time in two months in the search for more firepower.

But the Chilean again failed to live up to his status as the club’s highest earner before limping off just before the hour mark.

Solskjaer refused to rule out the possibility Sanchez has now played his final game for the club.

“There is a chance you’ve seen the last of players, there is always a chance it is the last time,” said Solskjaer.

“Today wasn’t one individual that was disappointing, it was the whole team.”