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Gary Lineker compares Man Utd's Alexis Sanchez signing to Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

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Cristiano Ronaldo has been impressive for Man Utd
Cristiano Ronaldo has been impressive for Man Utd / Clive Brunskill/GettyImages

Gary Lineker has compared Manchester United's signing of Alexis Sanchez in 2018 to that of Cristiano Ronaldo's in the previous summer transfer window.

Man Utd beat city rivals Man City to the signing of Sanchez in 2018, but the Chilean attacker flopped at the Old Trafford-outfit, failing to live up to the expectations.

Sanchez could not deliver for Man Utd as he had for Arsenal, and after a season and a half, during which he made 45 appearances and scored just five goals for the Red Devils, he joined Inter Milan on loan in 2019 before making the switch permanent in 2020.

Speaking on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast, Micah Richards said Sanchez, who arrived as a top player, became a 'laughing stock' at Man Utd. He said [via Manchester Evening News]: "He became a laughing stock at Man United. He was a top player.

"When he was in Italy, he was an out-and-out winger. He worked hard, reminds me a little bit like Tevez, they've got that work rate, they've got that skill, creativity, it was sad when he went to Man United because I thought that would be a great move for him, I really did.

"I thought he would kick on and sort of like when Van Persie went to Man U goes and wins the league. Must be system [why it didn't work out], must be pressure."

Lineker then compared Man Utd's signing of Sanchez to that of Ronaldo's over the summer, stating: "It was a very similar thing, obviously different player, with what's happened with [Cristiano] Ronaldo wasn't it? Everyone was going to City then all of a sudden it was definitely done with City then no, Manchester United sneaked in and nicked him but it didn't quite work at Manchester United."

Ronaldo, though, has been impressive for Man Utd, scoring nine goals in 12 appearances since returning to the club.