Sheffield United will entertain Man United today and one player who won’t be on display is striker, Alexis Sanchez.
The Chilean star endured a torrid time at Old Trafford. Since leaving Arsenal, he has struggled to make the grade for the Red Devils. In fact, such were his struggles, he managed only five goals in 45 games (Transfermarkt) for United.
Sanchez is now playing his football over in Italy with Inter Milan. He’s not alone in being the only ex-Man United man at the San Siro. Romelu Lukaku also sealed a summer move to the Serie A giants.
Today’s clash with the Blades is a chance for the Red Devils to leapfrog Chris Wilder’s men in the table. And while the fixture is the biggest sign yet of how far Sheffield United have come, one stat in particular brings things back down to earth for the Blades.
That’s because, according to a report from the Daily Mail, Manchester United are still paying Alexis Sanchez more in wages than Sheffield United pay their entire squad.
Indeed, the report further highlights the disparity between the clubs by suggesting the Blades’ wage bill is only 6% of that at Old Trafford.
Blades proving that you don’t always need to spend mega-money
Chris Wilder’s men are concrete proof that you don’t need to have a squad of superstars to do well.
Last time out at Spurs, ten of the first XI played in the Championship last season. Only Lys Mousset started who wasn’t available last term. That in itself shows the power of good management, organisation, and belief.
Of course, there is much more to United’s play than just those facets. The football is expansive and attacking when it needs to be. The results have backed things up, too. Wins over Arsenal, Everton, and Burnley all showing just how good the Blades can be. In fact, all four of United’s wins have come with a clean-sheet attached.
While Alexis Sanchez continues to struggle, Sheffield United continue to plough on in the Premier League.
It’s a remarkable story for the Blades and all credit has to go to Chris Wilder and his players.