Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he still has ‘great belief’ that Alexis Sanchez can come good at Old Trafford, even tipping him to score 20 goals.
The Chile international has endured a disastrous spell since joining the club from Arsenal in 2018, scoring just three league goals since the high-profile move.
Sanchez signed a club-record £500,000-a-week deal upon joining United, with the 30-year-old having attracted criticism following a series of inept displays.
Sanchez is yet to link-up with his Manchester United teammates for pre-season following international commitments, however having impressed for Chile during this summer’s Copa America, scoring two and assisting another, Solskjaer remains hopeful the forward can rediscover this best form next season.
“For me, as a coach and a manager, (his stature and track record) gives me great belief because we know what he’s capable of,” Solskjaer told the Press Association.
“We have to find that way – me with Alexis, with the team – because there’s a top, top player there.
“And if we get him firing, he can get us 20 goals easily if he gets on a good run, and that’s the thing.
“I don’t like to talk about individuals too much but Alexis, of course, has made headlines since he’s come here, and he had such a fantastic time at Arsenal.
“We want to find him scoring goals at Old Trafford again, and that can give us an extra boost.”
Sanchez will be given three weeks off following his Copa America participation, with Solskjaer hopeful the Chilean will come back refreshed following his break and begin to produce on a consistent basis.
“You see the quality, of course you do, and then you just hope that he’s going to get that consistency back in his game.
“He’s got a good chance now. Obviously, he’s got three weeks off since Copa America finished.
“Hopefully, his hamstring injury wasn’t too bad, I think it was just a precaution, so he’ll be up and running when he comes back.”