Solskjaer counting on Alexis Sanchez to make Utd impact

Saturday, August 17th, 2019 00:00 | By
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Alexis Sanchez still has a future at Manchester United, according to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, despite speculation that the Premier League giants are trying to offload the unproductive Chilean.

Reports claim United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has repeatedly attempted to find a buyer for Sanchez, who arrived at Old Trafford 18 months ago with high expectations.

However, Sanchez has scored just five goals in 45 appearances for the club after netting a four-and-a-half-year deal reportedly worth nearly £500,000 a week. 

Those huge wages are the stumbling block to United finding an interested buyer, even with the transfer window for European clubs open until September 2.

And with Romelu Lukaku having left Manchester this month to join Inter Milan, Solskjaer claims Sanchez will remain at Old Trafford to offer competition to Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial in the attack.

“Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day really hard and he wants to be a part of this,” said Solskjaer.

“These stories that he’s been put in the reserves? Of course, he hasn’t, he’s part of our squad and he is a really good player.

“We don’t have the biggest forward line in numbers so Alexis might end up paying a lot more games than you expect because we expect him to come good at this club, he’s quality.”

Sanchez was injured on international duty for Chile at the Copa America in June, delaying his match fitness for the current season.

But Solskjaer is planning to find extra training minutes for the forward who has not completed a full 90 minutes since the opening day of last season more than a year ago.

“He has had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest but close to being part of it.      -AFP

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