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Alexis A Perfect Fit For Red Devils + Other Things Learnt From The F.A Cup Fourth Round

The FA Cup fourth round fixtures were played over the weekend with Man Utd beginning the round with a late night fixture on Friday.

The Red Devils welcomed Alexis Sanchez into their lineup and the Chilean didn't disappoint in his debut. Elsewhere, there were wins for Chelsea, Man City, with Tottenham forced to have a replay while Liverpool saw themselves crash out yet again at almost similar stages.

The biggest upset would be West Ham losing to Wigan City a game where a moment of madness from Masuaku would cost the Hammers.

Nigeria's Iheanacho would bag a brace to see the Foxes to the next round becoming the Highest Scoring Nigerian in the competition.

With not much ado, here are the few things we learnt from the F.A Cup this fourth Round

Alexis Sanchez Perfect Fit.
It was clear in the win against Yeovil for Man Utd that Alexis Sanchez looked the man Man Utd have always craved for.

The Chilean winger was direct in his runs and very positive in display despite the number of turnovers the ex-Gunners' man had.

He was head above shoulders in the pack and it was clear to see the difference between him and the remaining United players- who in games heading towards a stalemate seem to lack creativity and drive.

VAR A BORING SUSPENSE
Liverpool's loss to West Brom was not without its moments as the game was entirely dominated with the headline of the Video Assistant Referee.

While helpful in decision makings, the VAR totally killed the flow of the game with long delays especially taking the first half into 50 minutes.

It also seems to take off the decision making abilities of the man in the middle with Craig Pawson, to everyone's surprise, looking to the VAR to decide if Mo Salah's goal should have stood.

Would not be surprised if the decision is entirely scrapped later on.

Spurs and Reds Need Cup Wins
Everyone knows the changes in Liverpool and Tottenham and the progress they have made under new managers. But success nowadays is tied to what you have in your cabinet and Mauricio Pochettino and Jurgen Klopp might want to take heed.

The Reds are out of the FA Cup while Spurs just saved from an embarrassment with a Kane goal forcing a replay.

The media is beginning to turn the heat on both managers as there has been little to show the club is on an upward trajectory than the seasonal top four finish.

With big teams out for their Star Players such as Harry Kane and the rest, Tottenham would need to ensure they get to final and perhaps even win it to make such star players believe they are able to attain bigger things at the club.

Iheanacho Blossoms In F.A Cup Win
Super Eagles' player grabbed a brace in the F.A Cup fixture against Peterborough and in doing so became the highest scoring Nigerian in football's oldest competition.

A different tempo to the Premier League, the F.A Cup seemed to have the right balance for Iheanacho to thrive in; Supporting my idea or thoughts that the Nigerian can be a powerhouse in Ligue 1 or the Spanish La Liga where the game is suited to his skill and physical sets.

Leicester City counter-attacking style has not favored the Nigerian and no hard reasons to understand why he is yet to score a league goal yet grabbing five in non-league fixtures. For now the young forward is taking his chances as they come and hopefully would return to the growth curve we all expected him to be on.




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