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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Extra Time podcast: Can Sanchez light up Old Trafford like Ronaldo and Cantona?

Steve Luckings and Graham Caygill discuss the merits of the impending deals that will see Sanchez leave Arsenal for Manchester United with Henrikh Mkhitaryan joining the London club

A combination image shows Manchester United's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, left, and Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan are set to undergo medicals as their swap deal nears completion. Jon Super / AFP
A combination image shows Manchester United's Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan, left, and Arsenal's Chilean striker Alexis Sanchez. Arsenal forward Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan are set to undergo medicals as their swap deal nears completion. Jon Super / AFP

Well, it took some time, but we’re finally there. Almost. Sort of.

Although Manchester United and Arsenal are yet to officially ratify the transfers of Alexis Sanchez and Henrikh Mkhitaryan respectively, the Chilean forward has been pictured on social media at Old Trafford in full United regalia, wearing the club’s famous No 7 shirt, a number synonymous with great United players down the years from George Best, Bryan Robson, Eric Cantona, David Beckham and Cristiano Ronaldo.

Steve Luckings and Graham Caygill discuss the merits of the impending deals.

Manchester City banished the memory of defeat to Liverpool with victory over Newcastle United to maintain their 12-point lead at the top of the Premier League.

Tottenham were foiled in their efforts to snare three points against Southampton in a game that won’t live too long in the memory. Richard Jolly joins on the phone to talk about how a game of missed opportunities was a microcosm in each club's season.

Marco Silva, a wanted man by Everton two months ago, is now no longer wanted by Watford. The Portuguese was sacked at the weekend following defeat to Leicester City. He is replaced by the former Malaga and Rubin Kazan coach Javi Gracia. Will the new man have the same immediate impact as Paul Lambert? The new Stoke City manager endeared himself at the Potteries by overseeing a 2-0 win over Huddersfield in his first game in charge.

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