Sanchez perfect for Man United and he'll lift Lukaku – Rooney

6 February 2018

Alexis Sanchez is the perfect player for Manchester United according to former captain Wayne Rooney, who believes the Chile star will bring out the best in team-mate Romelu Lukaku.

Sanchez swapped Arsenal for rivals United during the January transfer window and scored on his Premier League debut in Saturday`s 2-0 win over Huddersfield Town.

United`s all-time leading goalscorer Rooney – now back playing for boyhood club Everton – believes Sanchez can help inspire the Red Devils, who have not won the title since Alex Ferguson`s final season in 2012-13.

For me he`s the perfect player for Manchester United. He`s got aggression, he`s got passion, desire and you can see he`s a winner, Rooney told Sky Sports.

They are the players you want, almost like when [Carlos] Tevez joined United [from West Ham in 2007].

Them players lift the other players and get an extra 10 per cent of the players around him. I think Alexis Sanchez will do that.

Lukaku also scored against Huddersfield at Old Trafford, taking his season tally to 12 goals in the Premier League after his £75million arrival from Everton.

The Belgium international striker has been criticised for some of his performances this term but Rooney feels Sanchez`s presence will ease the burden on Lukaku.

I think that`s what Manchester United have lacked, players around Lukaku who are going to push Lukaku on as well and try help him get a bit more freedom and score more goals, Rooney added.

Sanchez`s deal involved out-of-favour playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the opposite direction to Arsenal.

The Armenia star has hit the ground running at the Emirates Stadium, providing three assists in Arsenal`s 5-1 rout of Everton.

I think at Manchester United he didn`t get the freedom he really wanted to go and perform, that he had at Dortmund and that style of play that Dortmund played, Rooney said.

And at Arsenal he`ll have players round him running off the ball, taking the ball and he`ll create goals and score goals. I really do think he`ll kick on.

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