Sanchez staying cool ahead of Old Trafford cup tie

For most aspiring young footballers, taking to the field at Old Trafford is a distant dream or the result of years of hard work, and although Robert Sanchez has put in the hard graft, the Spaniard is treating tonight’s visit as 'just another game'.

By Kieran Cleeves • 25 September 2019

Rochdale, who Sanchez joined on loan for the current campaign, take on Manchester United in the third round of the Carabao Cup this evening, and the 21-year-old is focused on pulling off a cup shock against Ole Gunner Solskjaer’s side.

He said, “It’s obviously a big game with a lot of excitement, but I’m going to take it as just another game, with no pressure, in my comfort zone, looking to play well.

“Obviously there’s a buzz around the club at the moment, but we’ll just go there and play our own game, which we’ve been doing well, and hopefully do something big on the night.

“It’s a bit of a dream to be honest, but in my head I always want to achieve more and more, so for me this is a big step but also a little one. It will make me want my dream even more.”

By Rochdale FC
Robert Sanchez in action for Rochdale.

Sanchez has played every minute for Dale in League One and the Carabao Cup this season, and the shot-stopper reflected on his time at Spotland so far, with the Greater Manchester club currently sitting 17th in the table.

“The good results are always good to learn from, but the bad ones are even better, because you learn from the mistakes — not just your own mistakes but also the team mistakes.

“It’s about doing the basics well. Obviously if you can do more, then do more, but if not, you’ve got to be happy with getting the basics right.

“We’ve had a couple of games where all of us haven't play that well, but in most of the games I feel as though I’ve been consistent and doing what I do best.

“The people here have been great — after two days I was already part of the team. It’s more of a family than a team. I’m enjoying it so far and I’m just trying to get as many minutes as possible.”

By Paul Hazlewood
Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly reporting for first-team duty.

While gaining further EFL experience with Rochdale in League One, Sanchez has kept an eye on Steven Alzate and Aaron Connolly’s progress on the south coast, and the Spaniard expressed his delight for the Albion duo.

“I’m so pleased for them. They need to learn quicker because of the level they’re playing at, but every opportunity you get, no matter what level, you just have to treat it like it was the last one.

“I’ve always believed Steven would develop into a big player. The guy is brilliant on the ball — I haven't seen many people better than him at what he does.

“Aaron had been doing really well for the under-23s and got his chance with the first team. Hopefully he stays there because he’s a great player as well.

“He was always there to save the game and he scores the goals that you’re not expected to score. When you have his energy, pace and quality, you can go on to be anything you want to be.”

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