Why Alex Sandro could shine at Manchester United despite a year of struggle

Alex Sandro

If a year is a long time in politics, it’s an eternity in football. Little over 12 months ago, almost any Juventus supporter would have argued that Alex Sandro was the best left-back in the world. While fans of any club will constantly champion their own players ahead of any other, Sandro's continually excellent form meant that this was much more than mere bias.

Like his compatriot Marcelo, the Bianconeri star had played with consistency and ferocity, displaying all of the attributes needed to excel in that role. He proved himself capable of dominating the entire flank singlehandedly, and his defensive diligence and tactical awareness – attributes he'd honed to perfection in Serie A – were perhaps better than those of the Real Madrid flyer. But he had also continued to blossom as an attacking force. 

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