Sanchez prepares to get one over on Arsenal as United stars arrive for training

Alexis Sanchez prepares to face his former club Arsenal for the first time on Sunday, after tormenting another north London club, Tottenham, in last week’s FA Cup semi-final.

The Chilean was man of the match at Wembley, scoring Manchester United’s equaliser in the 2-1 win as he continues to rediscover some of his best form.

The 29-year-old played a key role in the comeback at rivals City earlier this month and, after a slow start to his Old Trafford career, will be looking to show his old side what they’re missing when they head north.

Sanchez will have watched his former club fail to beat Atletico Madrid in the Europa League on Thursday night – the Gunners having failed to beat the Spanish side at the Emirates despite playing against 10 men for 80 minutes – and will fancy his chances of continuing his renaissance, with Arsene Wenger likely to rotate.

Nevertheless, Sanchez admits that he is still adapting to life at his new club.

“It is very different here,” said Sanchez. “I think United is a club with more history and we want to win trophies next year.

“We need to keep progressing; United is a big club, to which I am still adapting, and I am looking forward to giving everything I’ve got next year and aiming to win everything there is to win."

That includes seeing off his former side, and defender Phil Jones has backed Sanchez to continue his recent resurgence and "get one over" his former side.

“I think, if it was away at the Emirates, it might be a bit different,” Jones told MUTV . “Going back to a place where he’s very fond of, knows the pitch well and the fans well.

“At home it’s a little bit different but he will still have that added incentive to get one over on them.”

Another point of interest on Sunday will be what role, if any, Luke Shaw plays.

After completing 90 minutes against Bournemouth on April 18, the left-back wasn’t even in the squad at Wembley, and his future remains far from certain.

United have triggered a one-year extension in the 22-year-old’s contract, which now runs until 2019, but despite Mourinho suggesting in February that he would sign a fresh deal, nothing is yet to materialise.

One player who was rewarded 12 months ago and could be set to be handed another new deal however is Jesse Lingard.

The 25-year-old has emerged as a crucial first team player for United this term, scoring 13 goals in 44 games for the Red Devils.

That consistent good form could be set to earn him another pay increase this summer.

Who will win at Old Trafford on Sunday?


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