Manchester United boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, believes his appointment has breathed new life into Alexis Sanchez’s struggling Man United career. Due to a number of niggling injuries, the Chilean has been restricted to only 14 appearances across all competitions this season.
A worrying hamstring problem forced the number 7 miss all eight of United’s games in December.
However, since his return in January, the winger has registered two assists in as many games, and Solskjaer believes the former Arsenal player is only going to get better over the remainder of the season.
When asked at Thursday’s press conference about Alexis, the Norwegian manager, as reported by the club’s official website, said: “Of course, he’s got high standards himself that you demand from yourself.”
“When it doesn’t work for you, as it clearly hasn’t and he’s had some injuries, then it’s difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on.”
“So [we’ve had] individual chats but, of course, it’s a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it’s a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully, we can see the best of him because he’s a top, top player.”
“We’ve had the issue with his injury – that’s been the problem here now. So he’s not really had a chance to prove himself or show what he can do and it will still take time before we can fairly say that Alexis is 100 per cent fit and he’s had many games on the run. Then we expect to see the best level that he can perform to,” he concluded.
United’s next outing sees them make the trip to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Sunday night.