Sky Sports pundit: Why Man United can’t trust Alexis Sanchez

The Sky Sports pundits explains why Alexis Sanchez can't be trusted in the Manchester United team

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Manchester United legend Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (Photo: Screengrab)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can’t risk playing Alexis Sanchez because the Manchester United forward gives the ball away too much, according to Arsenal legend Charlie Nicholas.

The Chile international has struggled to hold down a regular starting spot this season despite Solskjaer replacing Jose Mourinho in December.

The Manchester United interim manager did turn to Sanchez seconds before half-time in the first leg of their Champions League round of 16 clash last week.

However, Sanchez didn’t register a shot on goal or create a chance as Manchester United slumped to a 2-0 loss to Ligue 1 side Paris Saint-Germain.

Solskjaer is set to be without Jesse Lingard and Anthony Martial in the next couple of weeks due to injury setbacks in the European clash.

The South American forward has only managed to score one goal and has made three assists in six starts and eight substitute appearances in the Premier League this term.

Sanchez is the best-paid player at the 20-time English champions but his inconsistent performances have seen him fall down the pecking order.

Former Arsenal midfielder Nicholas has explained why Manchester United can’t afford to play the Chile international in their team.

“I think they’ll miss Lingard slightly more than Martial because I think they have got more cover in the attacking side of things but the thing that they will miss is the options because options are vital,” Nicholas is quoted as saying by Metro.

“What can you bring off the bench? Because at the moment Sanchez is still not right at Manchester United and, for that reason, you need quicker support.

“Would Ole be bold enough to go back to the old fashioned Manchester United way when he played, with two up front and someone behind? I’m keen to see how he adapts to this.

“When you’ve got Sanchez at the moment, the warrior he was, he wants to hog the left and then come in to play a pass but he gives it away very cheaply. So they will miss these two, absolutely no doubt about it.”

Manchester United will take on Chelsea FC in the FA Cup fifth round at Stamford Bridge on Monday night in pursuit of a place in the quarter-finals.

The Red Devils will welcome Liverpool FC to Old Trafford in the Premier League next weekend.

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