THE live performance pianist towards The Wurzels, the footballer from the private-jet set operating amok within the land of mix harvester.
This FA Cup fourth-round tie towards League Two Yeovil was a serious mismatch — a delicate strutting stroll for Alexis Sanchez on his maiden Manchester United look.
And probably the most richly rewarded participant in English soccer historical past produced two assists and hit the bar in a cultured efficiency to ship Jose Mourinho’s males into the final 16.
Sanchez teed up Marcus Rashford earlier than half-time and Ander Herrera after the break as United made mild work of the League Two strugglers from Somerset.
There might be far more durable checks than this, not least Tottenham at Wembley on Wednesday.
However when he made manner for Jesse Lingard 18 minutes from time, Sanchez had clearly been welcomed into the bosom of the United household, based on the nice and cozy reception he acquired from the visiting followers.
Not surprisingly, he didn’t are available in for a similar stage of affection from the locals.
They had been excited sufficient by the go to of United however their curiosity was roused by the debut for Sanchez.
Right here of their midst was the Premier League’s first £25million- a-year footballer and in addition probably the most well-known canine proprietor to play for Manchester United since Roy Keane was in his livid pomp.
The Chilean’s arrival actually improved Mourinho’s temper.
The United supervisor’s future appeared precarious a few weeks in the past however the Outdated Trafford hierarchy had been clearly minded to indulge the previous rascal.
So final night time, the United boss was celebrating his 55th birthday with an prolonged contract, a pay rise to £15m a yr and Sanchez, the “juiciest orange on the tree” based on a Portuguese metaphor he used to taunt Manchester Metropolis.
Huish Park, the newish dwelling of Yeovil’s legendary FA Cup giant-slayers, was a world away from the soft-focus social media video used to announce the ahead’s arrival from Arsenal.
In that, Sanchez was seen supposedly tickling the ivories, enjoying Glory Glory Man United.
Right here, the Chilean Richard Clayderman was getting up shut and private with some uncompromising West Nation centre-halves out to convey him down a peg or two.
United had scraped by way of right here 2-Zero underneath Louis van Gaal simply three years in the past, again when Angel Di Maria was the membership’s glamorous South American new boy.
He didn’t final lengthy and Sanchez, at 29, would possibly turn into a Robin van Persie-style short-term resolution reasonably than a permanent favorite.
Both manner, it was important that United had obtained him and that he was right here within the purple No 7 shirt of George Finest, Eric Cantona, Bryan Robson and David Beckham.
This was his first soccer for 16 days, whereas it was greater than three weeks since his final begin.
Mourinho made ten adjustments to the aspect which noticed off Burnley 1-Zero at Turf Moor final weekend — and Sanchez began off on the left of a entrance three.
Now on a Hollywood wage, the brand new man appeared intent on enjoying Hollywood passes, twice failing to finish crossfield efforts within the early levels.
However there was no inferiority advanced concerning the hosts who started with the whiff of purple meat of their nostrils.
Jordan Inexperienced pressured Sergio Romero to save lots of together with his legs however halfway by way of the primary half Sanchez went on a weaving run and teed up Scott McTominay, whose shot was turned extensive by Glovers keeper Artur Krysiak.
The previous Arsenal man was starting to show it on now — darting, scurrying, desirous to please — and giving the matador remedy to at least one defender.
When he was booted up within the air to earn Nathan Smith a reserving, Sanchez dusted himself all the way down to seize free-kick obligation.
However his curling effort was comfortably saved earlier than he screwed a shot extensive from a Juan Mata cross.
4 minutes earlier than the break, got here the primary important contribution of Sanchez’s United profession.
He flicked a cross by way of for Rashford to attain, due to some deadly hesitation from defender Tom James.
Quickly after the break, Omar Sowunmi turned the second Yeovil man to obtain a yellow card for fouling Sanchez.
Then Rashford had a shot deflected extensive and from the ensuing nook, Sanchez hooked a volley on to the highest of the bar.
When Yeovil pressured a nook of their very own, it turned out to be the worst factor they may have carried out.
Luke Shaw cleared to Juan Mata who fed Sanchez for a saucy reverse cross to Herrera, the Spanish midfielder drilling by way of Krysiak into the far nook on 61 minutes.
Sanchez took a whack on the ankle quickly after however ran it off earlier than Mourinho hooked him to an incredible ovation.
His alternative Lingard made it three on 89 minutes, capping off an excellent solo run by firing low into the underside nook.
Fellow sub Romelu Lukaku swept dwelling from shut vary to make it 4 deep into injury-time.