Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: What Alexis Sanchez needs at Man United
The Man United interim manager opens up about Alexis Sanchez's poor form at Old Trafford
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez just needs to score a goal to rediscover some of his confidence at Manchester United.
The Chile international received more criticism last week after his disappointing cameo in a 2-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain at Old Trafford.
Sanchez came off the bench at the end of the first half to replace Jesse Lingard with the last-16 tie finely balanced at 0-0.
However, the Manchester United forward failed to register a shot on goal or create a chance as PSG scored twice to seal a first-leg win.
Sanchez – who was also a substitute against Chelsea FC on Monday night – has only found the net in one Premier League game this season after his winner in a 3-2 victory over Newcastle United back in October.
The South American star was rated as one of the best attacking talents in the Premier League during his three and a half seasons at Arsenal.
But Sanchez has only scored five goals since his move to Manchester United in the 2018 January transfer window.
Manchester United interim manager Solskjaer believes Sanchez needs to find the net to recover some of his confidence after a woeful start to his Old Trafford career.
“I think he is a very good player. He is very talented but of course there is only so many things you can sit down and talk about and tweak,” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by Sky Sports.
“You saw against Fulham, when he gets his chance, he is so sharp in and around the ball with the way he wins it and with his energy.
“If he could just get that goal, I am sure that would release some of his confidence. That is what it is about when you go through periods when you do not perform up to your standard.
“We know there is a very, very good player there. It is just like a bottle of ketchup when it never comes but suddenly loads comes out.”
Sanchez turned 30 in December but Solskjaer does not feel that means he should be written off.
“He can still play for many, many years,” Solskjaer added. “He has been here now for a year.
“I have been here for two months now with him and he has been injured for the first part of it so it is unfair to just expect him to be at the top straight away.
“I am sure we will see the best of him until the end of the season.”
Sanchez will be hoping to kick-start his Manchester United career with a vital goal against their bitter rivals Liverpool FC at Old Trafford next Sunday.