It means all of United’s last five goals have involved Sanchez: he’s scored one, assisted three, and instigated the other.
Even more enticingly, the signs are that his relationship with his team-mates is growing at a rapid rate. Very early on in his United career, he seemed to dovetail well with Romelu Lukaku, and now Paul Pogba seems to be growing attuned to the former Arsenal man’s unique and speedy way of thinking.
When I spoke to Paddy Crerand soon after Alexis arrived, the 1968 European Cup winner said he believed the Chilean’s ultimate position would be a central one, just behind the striker. But what Saturday seemed to underline was that the January signing is most dangerous when given licence to roam and cause confusion all over the pitch.