Solskjaer Still Hopeful Of Alexis Sanchez

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains hopeful that superstar attacker Alexis Sanchez will come good for the club, and also hinted that the Chilean will play a key role at the club this season despite continued speculation he could still leave Old Trafford.

Sanchez has underperformed since moving to Old Trafford in January 2018, but impressed for Chile during this summer’s Copa America games, and Solskjaer believes that Sanchez has a role to play this season.

“Alexis is such a pro and he comes in working every single day really hard and wants to be a part of this,” Solskjaer told a news conference on Friday.

“It’s these stories he’s been put in the reserves — of course he hasn’t.

“He’s had three weeks [training] now, he’s a few weeks behind the rest but is close to being ready.”

“We don’t have the biggest forward line in terms of numbers so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect.

“We expect him to come good at this club. He’s quality.

“We’ve had a behind-closed-doors game, he’s training and he’s done a little bit of extras.

“He’ll be gradually integrated into more playing time, but we’ll have more behind closed doors games and one game a week it’s hard to keep players ticking.”