Manchester United’s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer admits that winger Alexis Sanchez is suffering from a crisis of confidence, but has backed the Chilean to come good in the future, believing that he needs to score only goal to get his form back.
The 29-year-old has struggled to make an impact ever since he made the move to Old Trafford from Arsenal in January 2018, scoring only five goals and looking a shadow of his former self. He has found himself on the fringes of the team since Solskjaer took over, but with injuries to Anthony Martial and Jesse Lingard, he is expected to play a more prominent role.
#MUFC boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says Alexis Sanchez in front of goal is like “the bottle of ketchup you can’t get to come out, and once it does he’ll be fine.”
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“I think he’s a very good player. He’s very talented, but of course there’s only so many things you can sit down and talk about and tweak. If he could just get that goal I’m sure that would release his confidence. That’s what it’s about when you go through periods when you don’t perform up to your standard, because we know there is a very, very good player there,” Solskjaer said as quoted by ESPN.
“It’s one of those things. You tap that bottle of ketchup when it never comes — but when it suddenly comes, there’s loads.”
The Red Devils are set to head into a busy fortnight, where they will face the likes of Chelsea, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain and there is no better way for Sanchez to make a mark than impressing against them.