SOLSKJAER EXPLAINS WHY ALEXIS SANCHEZ WILL BE A BETTER PLAYER UNDER HIM

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Alexis Sanchez is yet to play under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer due to injury but he is expected to be in the squad for the trip to Newcastle on January 2nd.

Sanchez has endured a miserable spell since joining Manchester United from Arsenal last January and has scored just four goals for Manchester United.

Solskjaer has revealed Sanchez was desperate to play in Sunday’s 4-1 win over Bournemouth after recovering from a hamstring injury following a month out.

Solskjaer also believes Manchester United’s more expansive football since he replaced Mourinho will help unlock Sanchez’s extensive talents.

“I think he’s player that would benefit from the interchanging, the rotation, the movement,” said Solskjaer.

“The more chances you create, the more times you get the ball into the final third, he’ll be an asset for us.

“He’s looking forward to it. It certainly looked like it in Saturday’s session. He scored quite a few nice goals, so that was encouraging.

“He’s had some great sessions the last few days. He wanted to be with us for Bournemouth but we have to manage him. He’s been out for a month, but he’ll be involved.

“He wants to play all the time, he’s one of those characters. It was a few days too early for him. He’s not had enough fitness or whatever, but he’s champing at the bit.”

Before Manchester United’s victory over Bournemouth on Sunday, Solskjaer challenged Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez to raise their game on the pitch when they get the chance to play just like Paul Pogba.

Pogba’s performances have improved under Solskjaer, with the midfielder scoring four goals and providing three assists in just three games under Solskjaer.

“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch. Paul has done it himself,” said Solskjaer.

“It’s up to them when they get a chance, that is the name of the game when you are a footballer. You’ve got to do it yourself.

“I’m coming in from the outside and it’s hard to make a difference. My job has been to speak to the players, try to get to know their feelings, know how their confidence levels are, and how they feel about their own situation because every single one has a responsibility to improve.

“I give them some guidelines, of course. There has been lots of talk about freedom of expression, but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager.

“You can’t tell all the players what to do in this position. They are here for a reason.

“They are good players and it’s up to them to use their imagination, their creativity and just enjoy playing for this club because that is the best time of your life – but it’s not bad a bad time being a manager for a little while either.”