Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has this afternoon confirmed the club’s surprise intention to give Alexis Sanchez another chance to prove himself next season.
Chilean international Sanchez made the move to Manchester in January of 2018, on the back of a scintillating stint with Premier League rivals Arsenal.
To say that the 31-year-old’s time at Old Trafford subsequently proved disappointing, though, would be an understatement.
Sanchez, simply put, failed to deliver in any way, shape or form in a Red Devils jersey.
All told, last season saw the experienced South American notch a paltry 2 goals across all competitions.
In addition, amid a visible dip in confidence, and persistent fitness problems, Sanchez managed just 9 Premier League starts.
As such, it came as little surprise when the former Barcelona man’s departure was made official late in August.
Sanchez joined Antonio Conte’s Inter Milan on loan for the 2019/20 campaign, reuniting with Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro:
🛑 | EVERYONE STOP
🥂 @Alexis_Sanchez is a Nerazzurri player! 🇨🇱⚫🔵
— Inter (@Inter_en) August 29, 2019
‘Prove you wrong’
The attacker’s time in Milan, though, has since also proven a major disappointment.
Sanchez actually enjoyed a decent start to life in the Nerazzurri jersey, notching a goal and an assist across his first 4 appearances.
However, just when he appeared to be getting things back on track, a serious injury picked up whilst on international duty in October saw Sanchez confined to the sidelines.
The 31-year-old damaged ankle ligaments during a friendly meeting between Chile and Colombia, and has since managed just 3 appearances.
🏥 | ESAMI
— Inter (@Inter) October 15, 2019
As such, it has proven largely unclear whether or not Inter intend to take a chance on Sanchez, by attempting to make the attacker’s signing permanent in the summer.
If the latest comments of Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are anything to go by, though, then the Nerazzurri will not even have the option.
Speaking in a press conference this afternoon, Solskjaer was drawn on Sanchez’s future.
And, incredibly, the Red Devils boss claimed that the Chilean is set to return to Old Trafford following the expiration of his Inter loan, adding that Sanchez will ‘prove youse all wrong’ next season:
Alexis Sanchez, a January 2018 signing, was mentioned to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the press conference. “Alexis will come back in the summer and prove youse all wrong,” the #MUFC boss said
— Simon Peach (@SimonPeach) January 28, 2020