Who needs Alexis Sanchez more – Manchester United or Manchester City?

One of the hottest names in this transfer window is Chilean International star, Alexis Sanchez.

After leading Udinese to a historical qualification to the Champions League, scoring 12 goals (his best ever goalscoring tally in a single season) and providing six assists, “El Niño Maravilla” looks mature enough to step up to one of Europe’s big boys; he appears to be in the midst of a tussle for his services between both Manchester clubs; City and United (along with a host of top European clubs as Udinese hawk their player to the highest bidder.

Alexis Sanchez in Serie A

Alexis Sanchez – Udinese

2010-11

Appearances

31

Minutes On Pitch

2390

Goals

12

Mins per goal

199

Shots

58

Shots On Target

34

Shooting Accuracy

59%

Chance Conversion

21%

Touches per game

60

Goal Assists

6

Key Passes

44

Total Passes

1123

Pass Completion %

70%

Dribbles & Runs

159

Dribble Completion %

58%

Most fouls won & successful dribbles – Serie A 2010-11

Player

Team

Total Fouls Won

Sánchez

Udinese

115

Palombo

Sampdoria

96

Lavezzi

Napoli

91

Asamoah

Udinese

89

Totti

Roma

86

Player

Team

Successful Dribbles

Eto’o

Internazionale

94

Sánchez

Udinese

93

Pastore

Palermo

90

Krasic

Juventus

80

Zárate

Lazio

78

As well as being the player with the most fouls won and the second-most successful dribbles of Serie A in 2010-11, Sanchez was also the only player to manage more than three goals in a single game, netting four in Udinese’s 7-0 demolition of Palermo back in February.

Let’s compare Sanchez, who plays at his best as a supporting striker, to his potential partners up front at City and United:

Manchester United & Manchester City strikers – Premier League 2010-11

Premier League 10-11

Berbatov

Hernández

Rooney

Tévez

Dzeko

Balotelli

Team

Man Utd

Man Utd

Man Utd

Man City

Man City

Man City

Appearances

32

27

28

31

15

17

Goals

20

13

11

20

2

6

Mins per goal

111

114

202

127

423

182

Shots

79

44

77

86

23

35

Shooting Accuracy

53%

55%

52%

52%

48%

46%

Chance Conversion

25%

30%

14%

23%

9%

17%

Touches per game

40

25

61

55

33

35

Goal Assists

4

1

11

6

2

0

Key Passes

32

14

49

47

7

8

Total Passes

868

447

1,184

1,097

293

297

Pass Completion %

80%

82%

77%

83%

70%

77%

Dribbles & Runs

68

22

60

120

27

46

Dribble Completion %

49%

27%

43%

51%

41%

35%

Roberto Mancini would probably benefit more than Sir Alex Ferguson from the arrival of Alexis Sanchez. United’s strikers performed at their best last season, with Rooney and Hernandez flourishing in the second part of the campaign and sealing the title for the Red Devils, scoring together 19 of their side’s 39 league goals in 2011, and Berbatov recording his most prolific English campaign ever (20 goals in 32 appearances).

At City, with the inconsistent Mario Balotelli and Edin Dzeko struggling to settle in English football, only Carlos Tevez managed to reach double figures for goals scored in the league, and Sanchez would give crucial help up front in terms of creativity and chance conversion, boosting the Citizens’ hopes of success both in the league and in their first ever Champions League campaign.

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