Manchester United’s record signing Angel di Maria has lavished praise on Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez and warned his team-mates that they cannot allow the Chilean the freedom of Old Trafford.
Di Maria and Alexis Sanchez locked horns in many El Classico clashes for Real Madrid and Barcelona respectively, and the two will resume their rivalry on Monday night.
Argentine Di Maria has warned to his defenders to let Alexis dribble at their peril, with our £30m forward scoring 19 goals in all competitions this season.
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“Sanchez is a player who has been in some great form this season and since he came to Arsenal he hasn’t stopped scoring or creating goals,” the Di Maria told Manutd.com.
“He’s been tremendous and seems to be the key player for Arsenal. When he plays well, they seem to play well too. We’ve seen him in various games.
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“If he gets hold of the ball and does what he can with it, then that works well for Arsenal. We have to keep a close eye on him and try to prevent him from creating openings with his passing as we know that every time he gets to run at you he can create danger.”
Di Maria and Alexis were two of the biggest signings in the summer but it is fair to say that the former Barcelona man has outshone his counterpart.
On Monday night though, both have the quality to decide the game, but it is Alexis who will go into the game full of confidence after his wonderful solo effort against Queens Park Rangers.