Andy Cole believes Alexis Sanchez can still ‘turn it around’ at Manchester United and likened the forward’s difficult spell to Fernando Torres’ time at Chelsea.
The Chile international has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since joining from Arsenal in 2018, scoring just three league goals for the club.
Former United striker Cole, who won the treble with the club in 1999, believes Sanchez can still be a success at United and compared the 30-year-old’s struggles to former Chelsea star Torres.
Having developed a reputation as one of Europe’s top forwards, Torres left Liverpool to join Chelsea in a British transfer-record deal in 2011, but never fully settled at Stamford Bridge and failed to replicate his previous form.
“That’s the million dollar question because there’s noises that he might not be there, whatever,” Cole told the Independent.
“Sanchez is a bit like the Torres thing. You know, when Torres left Liverpool and went to Chelsea, all of a sudden he wasn’t the same individual and left everyone scratching their head.
“I think the situation with Sanchez now has got everyone scratching their head.
“For what he was at Arsenal and then coming to Manchester United, you turn and say, ‘well, where has it kind of gone wrong?’ Because you can’t become a bad player overnight. You cannot do it.
“For some reason, I keep saying to myself he’ll turn it around. He will turn it around.
“If it’s at Manchester United we’ll have to wait and see but you just can’t become a bad player overnight because he has too many qualities.”
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