It was confirmed on Thursday that the £505,000-a-week flop has finally departed Old Trafford and Red Devils boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, admits Alexis Sanchez had to leave Manchester United to save his career.
The former Arsenal talisman completed a season-long loan move to Inter Milan, bringing to a temporary end a very disastrous 18-month spell at United.
Sanchez left United having scored just three goals since a switch from Arsenal, leaving him on the periphery of Solskjaer’s squad.
Now Solskjaer has expressed that a move away from the club was the right thing for the Chilean, because he needs to have a fresh beginning to help him rediscover his once lethal skills.
The best-paid player in the Premier League will now play together with former United teammate, Romelu Lukaku in the Serie A, and Solskjaer insists that the deal would be beneficial to everyone.
‘Alexis needed to go,’ Solskjaer said. ‘We know it’s not really worked out for him. It’s for him to restart, playing regularly and scoring goals.
‘That’ll only benefit everyone. For us, we’ll watch him every weekend with Romelu (Lukaku) playing together. He will come good for them.
‘We had a decision to make. I’m trusting Anthony (Martial), Marcus (Rashford) and Mason (Greenwood) to be our centre forwards.’
Greenwood could be handed his first Premier League start of the season against Southampton tomorrow as Martial struggles with a thigh injury picked up against Crystal Palace last week.
The 17-year-old was in fine form during the club’s pre-season campaign, and has come off the bench in each of United’s first three games this season.
‘Mason is not used to playing as little as he is at the moment,’ Solskjaer added. ‘He’s coming on for half an hour here and there.
‘It’s a learning curve for him. He won’t be expected to play five games on the bounce, he’s cover for Anthony and Marcus.’