Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez struggled to communicate with the club’s coaching staff due to a language barrier, reports claim. The Chile international is set to return to Old Trafford when his loan spell with Inter Milan runs out at the end of the season. And Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may have no choice but to give him a second chance to prove his worth.
Sanchez signed for Manchester United from Inter in January 2018 with the Red Devils convinced they’d struck gold.
Though the Chile international had struggled at Arsenal in the months leading up to his exit, United went ahead and swooped for him with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.
Sanchez was a big flop during his time at United, though, only finding the net five times before joining Inter on loan.
And the Evening Standard say the 31-year-old struggled with communication doing his time at United due to a language barrier.
It’s also claimed that sources close to Sanchez insist that he was always passionate about playing – but that the move simply didn’t work out.
United loaned Sanchez to Inter in the summer hopeful that he’d be able to rediscover his mojo in Italy.
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But that hasn’t happened, with the Chilean only finding the net once during his time at the San Siro.
The Red Devils will try to offload the forward when the transfer window reopens – but that will be easier said than done.
Sanchez is unwilling to take a pay cut with the Chilean their highest-earner on wages of close to £400,000-a-week.
And it appears Solskjaer may have no choice but to find a role for the former Arsenal and Barcelona star in his side next season.
Sanchez may find minutes tough to come by, though.
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United’s attack has done well this season without the veteran, with Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial both stepping up in his absence.
Daniel James has also impressed following his arrival from Swansea in the summer.
And Mason Greenwood and Odion Ighalo have also been among the goals, managing a combined 16 between them.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, Robin van Persie slammed United for saying they gamble on players like Sanchez and Paul Pogba.
“If you compare it to Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp was appointed and players were selected who fit in with the football philosophy, not from marketing motives,” the ex-United striker told SoFoot.
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“They built the club on a coach’s sporting project.
“At Manchester United, they gamble on star names like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.
“That’s one way. It is risky. If such a player gets injured or does not fit, the whole team is vulnerable.
“While having a philosophy like Liverpool and not Manchester United creates enormous collective power.
“The challenge for Manchester United is to see if Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can successfully establish a philosophy of his own.”
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