Martin Keown: Why I’m worried about Man United after Alexis Sanchez exit
Arsenal legend Martin Keown says Manchester United lack depth up front after Alexis Sanchez's exit
Martin Keown has admitted that Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has left himself exposed after Alexis Sanchez’s move to Inter Milan on loan.
The Manchester United flop completed a season-long loan move to Inter Milan on Friday following months of speculation surrounding Sanchez’s future at Old Trafford.
The Chile international was out of favour at the 20-time English champions despite being the best-paid player at Manchester United ahead of David De Gea and Paul Pogba.
Sanchez scored five goals in 45 games during his 18-month stint at Manchester United after the Red Devils signed the South American in a swap deal from Arsenal.
Solskjaer has relied upon Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to lead the Manchester United attack this season, while Mason Greenwood has proven a dependable option from the bench.
Former Arsenal defender Keown believes Solskjaer doesn’t have sufficient depth up front following Sanchez’s exit.
“The Sanchez deal has been a disaster from start to finish,” Keown told the Daily Mail.
“It shows you how desperate United were to get rid of him that they have left themselves short in attack as a result of his departure.
“Look at Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s options up front now. There’s Marcus Rashford. There’s Anthony Martial, who occasionally gets injured, and Jesse Lingard, who has been criticised lately.
“Solskjaer has to hope the attackers at his disposal do not pick up problems. Their trip to Southampton on Saturday is a big one.
“United have won only one of their last eight Premier League games. There is pressure on the Norwegian to get back to winning ways.”
Manchester United signed Swansea City winger Daniel James, Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Leicester City defender Harry Maguire in the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils finished in sixth place in the Premier League table last term as Manchester United struggled to finish a season of transition on a positive note.
Sir Alex Ferguson was the last Manchester United manager to lead the club to title glory in the Premier League.