ALEXIS SANCHEZ is closing in on a Manchester United return – and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plans for the Chilean have now been revealed.
Alexis Sanchez is set to return for Manchester United after missing the final matches of the Jose Mourinho era with a hamstring injury.
So far, the Chile international’s Old Trafford career is yet to take off. Signed from Arsenal in January, he has failed to live up to the billing.
But many are hopeful the Manchester United star can experience an upturn in form and fortune under the tutelage of Solskjaer.
Take Paul Pogba, for example. The Frenchman already looks rejuvenated, scoring twice in the 3-1 thumping of Huddersfield on Boxing Day.
And the Evening Standard have now delved into Solskjaer’s plans for Sanchez.
Speaking after the Huddersfield win, the United boss praised Sanchez for returning from injury early.
“Alexis is back,” the 45-year-old said.
“He flew in, he’s had two days of good fitness work, hopefully he can join in training with the ball as soon as we get back in.
“It’s touch and go for Bournemouth, but he’ll definitely be involved at Newcastle.”
And the Evening Standard say Sanchez will be asked to take risks with the ball.
Already, United’s attackers look a lot more ruthless now Mourinho’s shackles have been released.
Anthony Martial blossomed against Cardiff at the weekend.
And Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard look to be finally living up to their full potential.
Sanchez will also be asked to stick to areas where he can do most damage
But whether the United star can replicate his old Arsenal form over at Old Trafford remains to be seen.
Solskjaer, meanwhile, has called on Sanchez to forget about his wages when he returns
“When you play for Manchester United, with the badge there’s a certain responsibility to play a certain way,” he said.
“I don’t think the amount of money spent should bother anyone.
“Football nowadays is crazy. When I played you thought this must be the top and it has to go down, but it keeps going upwards.
“The amount of money is not their fault, the price the club pay doesn’t bother me or them – or it shouldn’t do anyway.”