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Sanchez will lead Man Utd to glory: Robson

Press Association logoPress Association 1/06/2017 Matt Slater

Former Manchester United captain Bryan Robson believes Jose Mourinho should try to bring Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford this summer.

The 28-year-old Chile forward was Arsenal's player of the season, top scorer and man of the match in the FA Cup final win over Chelsea but has not looked happy at the Emirates Stadium in recent months.

United, on the other hand, struggled for goals all term and there are growing doubts that their leading scorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who missed the end of the campaign with a bad knee injury, will be given another contract.

England's most successful club have been linked with several attacking players, most notably Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann, although that interest is understood to have now cooled.

Having watched his former club squander chances all season, Robson is convinced there is a tried-and-tested Premier League performer who is available and would grace the United shirt.

"(Sanchez) has played at a club like Arsenal, so he can handle the pressure, that's 100 per cent guaranteed," said Robson.

"His character is right, he's a tough player, he's really skilful, he works hard for the team, he can score and he create goals.

"When you put that package together, he is the type we would like here. Whether we can achieve that or Mourinho thinks the same ... people always have different opinions on players."

United's manager is believed to be looking for an out-and-out striker, which may mean the more creative and versatile Sanchez does not quite fit the bill.

But the former Barcelona star can play through the middle and there is no doubting his eye for goal, having scored 72 in 145 appearances for Arsenal and 30 in all competitions last season.

Robson believes Mourinho needs to take a leaf out of former manager Sir Alex Ferguson's book by having four "really good strikers who are in competition with each other for games".

It is a point his former teammate Gary Pallister agrees with, particularly after watching United draw 10 home games.

"It's been our Achilles heel this season," the former defender said. "We've enjoyed a lot of possession and played well enough to win games but, for whatever reason, we haven't.

Both Robson and Pallister believe 19-year-old Marcus Rashford will be part of the solution next term.

Pallister said: "I think he's got a bright future and he really came on in the second half of the season. There's no way they'd let him go out on loan - he's too good a player and too important to Manchester United."

There are doubts about where United's record goal-scorer and club captain Wayne Rooney will be next season, after a campaign that saw him make only 25 starts, scoring just eight goals.

Robson thinks he should stay.

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