Solskjaer holds Alexis Sanchez belief, but concedes he had to go

Date published: Friday 30th August 2019 11:31

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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez will “come good” at Inter Milan and says the striker “needed” to leave Manchester United this summer.

The Chile forward has completed a season-long loan move to Inter to join up with Romelu Lukaku, but Solskjaer admits the former Arsenal man had to leave Old Trafford for everyone’s sake.

Sanchez has scored just five goals in 45 appearances for United since moving from Arsenal, but Solskjaer is more than happy to rely on the forward players he has at his disposal.

“Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him,” Solskjaer said.

“For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone in the end, for us we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together.

“He will come good for them. For us we had a decision to make, I’m trusting Anthony, Marcus, Mason to be our centre forwards, we’ve got wingers in Chongy, Dan James, Pereira, we’ve loads of options, for me it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row.

“I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work, we’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players.”


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In the absence of Lukaku and Sanchez, United will have to rely on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line this season,

Solskajer added: “Mason is not used to playing as little as he is. He is used to playing every week, now he is coming on for half an hour here and there.

“He won’t be expected to play five games on the bounce, he is cover and an option behind Anthony and Marcus.”


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