Manchester United and Everton have both had fairly average starts to their seasons and considering the financial outlay that both clubs have put out recently, they’re not performing well enough.
Last year, Everton signed long-time Arsenal man, Theo Walcott and since his arrival, the former England international seems to have salvaged his career to become a solid player for the club.
In that same month, Man U splashed out an incredible sum of money to sign Arsenal contract rebel, Alexis Sanchez.
Arriving for £20 million last January after 12 years with Arsenal, Walcott has quickly established himself as a fan favourite at Everton and in his first season in the club, he performed well as he scored three goals and grabbed three assists in 14 games for the Toffees.
At 29, the winger is still in the prime of his career and still has the pace to terrify defenders. This season under Silva, he’s remained a key part of the team as he’s scored two goals in nine games, which was crucial during the club’s struggles earlier this season.
What was always thrown at Walcott during his time at Arsenal was that he never improved technically. Everyone knew that he had incredible pace but that when it came time to make the right decision he often failed.
At Everton, he’s playing to his strengths and as it stands, he’s been a solid piece of business for the side.
TT Grade: B
Despite becoming widely unpopular at Arsenal towards the end of his tenure in north London, overall, the Chilean was a star for the club. In his penultimate season for Arsenal, Sanchez scored a staggering 24 goals and 11 assists in 38 league games for the Gunners.
Even with his contract running down, he still scored seven in his final half a season with the club, and in fairness, when he joined Manchester United it looked as though he could be the player to help kickstart Mourinho’s challenge for the Premier League title.
So far during his Manchester United career, the attacker has been pretty poor. Moreover, considering the incredible wage he’s on – an estimated £350,000-a-week – it’s pretty obvious he hasn’t lived up to the hype he had when he joined the club.
He’s become a bit of a squad player this season and as it stands, Man U must be regretting splashing out so much money on him.
TT Grade: D
Considering the huge financial package Man United gave Sanchez, the level of play he had shown at Arsenal and the hype that surrounded him when he joined the club, Sanchez is looking like he might be an incredibly expensive flop. He hasn’t been able to replicate the form he showed at Arsenal and as it stands, he could even leave the club.
Walcott, on the other hand, made a wise move to a solid club and has become a reliable performer there. He may never have lived up to the hype at Arsenal but so far he certainly hasn’t let Everton down.