Sanchez should return and play for Manchester United, says Merson
‘There is logic in him going back… he’s a top player’: Alexis Sanchez SHOULD return and play a part in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s new-look Manchester United, believes Paul Merson
- Alexis Sanchez looks set to return to Manchester United after a poor loan spell
- He has struggled to reignite his form from Arsenal while playing at Inter Milan
- Paul Merson says ‘there is logic’ in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keeping Sanchez
Paul Merson believes that Alexis Sanchez should try to revive his Manchester United career as it ‘makes sense’ given how different the club is from when he left.
The Chilean has had a less-than-impressive loan spell with Inter Milan this season having been deemed surplus to requirements last summer by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
But Merson, in his Sky Sports column, thinks with clubs looking to curb spending in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, keeping Sanchez and reintegrating him in the side would be United’s best option as ‘on his day, he is a great player’.
Paul Merson believes that Alexis Sanchez should not give up on his Manchester United career
A disappointing loan spell at Inter Milan has seen the jury stay out on where he can go next
‘I can understand Sanchez coming back to play a part at Old Trafford because, on his day, he is a great player,’ former Arsenal midfielder Merson said.
‘It’s definitely a better United than the one he left too. They were flying before the suspension of the league. They’ve had some excellent performances and some brilliant results so that will benefit him too.
‘He’s got to come back and appreciate he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer allowed Sanchez to leave on loan but may need to find a place for him
‘There is logic in Sanchez going back at Old Trafford, he’s a top player and if they can get even half the player he was at Barcelona and Arsenal back, he’ll be an asset.’
Sanchez, who earns £400,000-a-week, has scored just five goals in 45 games for United since moving from Arsenal and Solskjaer felt comfortable allowing both the Chilean and Romelu Lukaku, the latter on a permanent deal, to switch to Inter Milan last summer.
His contract at Old Trafford runs until June 2022 and given the gargantuan size of his wages, it could prove tough to shift him if he digs his heels in.
West Ham are reportedly interested in acquiring him but his wages are unlikely to get any deal out of first gear and Solskjaer could be forced to find a way to integrate Sanchez back into the fold.
He has been searching for a regular option on the right wing with Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford taking two of the front three spots.
A summer pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is widely expected but with Sanchez ready to return from Italy, the club may task Solskjaer with helping Sanchez find the form he displayed with such frequency at Arsenal.
Merson believes the Chilean international can remain an ‘asset’ if he applies himself at United
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