Alexis Sanchez can revive Manchester United career and be ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, says Paul Ince

Paul Ince believes Alexis Sanchez can revive his career at Manchester United
Paul Ince believes Alexis Sanchez can revive his career at Manchester United (Pictures: Getty)

Paul Ince has backed Alexis Sanchez to revive his career at Manchester United and emerge as a ‘key player’ for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer next season.

Much was expected of Sanchez after he joined United from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January 2018, but the Chilean has endured a dismal spell at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old struggled to cement a place in the Red Devils’ first-team before being sent on a season-long loan to Inter Milan last summer.

Sanchez has scored only once for the Italian club and will return to Manchester United this summer with his future firmly up in the air.

But the forward has been backed to revive his career at Old Trafford by former Red Devils star Ince, who says Sanchez could become an ‘important’ player for Solskjaer next season.

‘I wouldn’t rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season. Football is a funny old game,’ Ince told Paddy Power.

‘I’ve been in the situation as a manager where I’ve thought “right, I’m going to get rid of him and him” but when it comes to it you can’t get the deal done, so they stay at the club.

‘Then pre-season comes around and they’re a totally different player to the season before, and they’re your key man the next season.

‘So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang suddenly he’s important to their plans after all.’

Despite backing Sanchez to revive his Manchester United career, Ince believes joining the club was a ‘mistake’ in the first place.

Sanchez has struggled during his loan spell at Inter Milan
Sanchez has struggled during his loan spell at Inter Milan (Picture: Getty)

He added: ‘Going to United was a mistake. I bet Alexis wishes he’d gone to City, like he was supposed to.

‘United was never, ever the right move for him; the team wasn’t settled and their style of play wasn’t conducive to him.

‘And he was clearly desperate to make an impact. Look at the way Bruno Fernandes has hit the ground running at Old Trafford, that’s what Sanchez wanted, and was expected to do.

‘But he didn’t get a lot of game time, he was used out of position, so when he did play he started to come deeper and deeper to get on the ball, to try and influence the game, and that wasn’t his game.

‘So a move last summer was always on the cards, and I thought Inter would’ve been a good place for him to go – but, again, he doesn’t fit.

‘Where does he play in the 3-5-2 that Antonio Conte plays? You’ve got Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez up front, there’s no room for Sanchez.’

Sanchez established himself as one of the best players in Europe while at Arsenal, scoring 80 goals and providing 45 assists in 166 matches for the Gunners.

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