Manchester United have themselves an Alexis Sanchez problem. Not only is the attacker yet to play this season, he’s on astronomical wages and not making any impact whatsoever.
How to solve said issue? Well, usually, you’d look to sell the player in question. That task is made much tougher when you’re trying to move on from someone on £500,000-a-week for doing very little…
Today, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was asked about Sanchez’s future in his pre-match press conference. Although the #7 played well in a behind closed doors game against Sheffield United, the Baby Faced Assassin did admit that United are in talks with other clubs about the potential sale of the 30-year-old.
“There are still talks with some clubs but he played in [the friendly against Sheffield United] and played well.” Solskjaer is quoted as saying by The Metro. “He’s working hard and let’s see in September what’s going to happen.”
At this point, it’s definitely in United’s best interests to move away from Sanchez. Though the player won’t be taking a pay-cut anytime soon – forcing United to subsidise those wages when he does move away on loan or permanently.
Confidence is so important in football. When you’re at a low-point, it’s tough to come back from that in the same surroundings. Sanchez is becoming a real dressing room issue and he’s not the sort of player you can ease back into things as a substitute, or throw him on in Europa League matches.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, eh? If Jose Mourinho had the chance again he’d definitely do it differently, but for now, it’s about continuing to build forward and Sanchez simply shouldn’t be a part of Solskjaer’s long-term plans.