Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has boldly predicted that Alexis Sanchez will come back to Manchester United in the summer and prove his doubters wrong. Sanchez, 31, was sent on a season-long loan to Inter Milan in the hope that he would find his feet again, but the forward was forced to undergo ankle surgery in October and has badly struggled to make an impact at the San Siro. While it appeared Sanchez’s days at Old Trafford were numbered, the latest reports suggest that United are willing to throw the Chilean a lifeline in order to revive his stuttering career. The Red Devils expect Sanchez to report to Carrington for pre-season training in the summer and Solskjaer appeared to confirm these claims at his press conference on Tuesday morning.
Amid the speculation surrounding potential new arrivals at United this winter, Solskjaer underlined his belief that Sanchez – a previous January signing – still has a lot to offer in Manchester United. ‘We’ve got players here who are working hard to get back as well and if there is something out there then the club are pursuing that and looking at it,’ the Norwegian said ahead of the second leg of Manchester United ’s Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City. ‘Of course, it’s a difficult window and it always has been. I can’t remember how many good’ ns we’ve brought in in January… Henrik [Larsson] was good, Nemanja [Vidic] and Patrice [Evra] were two good ones. Henrik was a loan… ‘It’s hard, it’s very hard. The clubs don’t want to lose their best players so Alexis Sanchez will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.’
Asked specifically about the rumours surrounding Sporting midfielder Bruno Fernandes, Solskjaer replied: ‘I haven’t got any updates for you on transfers. ‘I think it was a waste [of a question], I gave you the option. ‘I haven’t got anything to say now, my mind is on the game.’
Marcos Rojo has been heavily linked with a return to former club Estudiantes, but Solskjaer played down the recent speculation. ‘Marcos has been injured and he’s been working to get back and get fit again,’ he said. ‘At the moment it doesn’t look like it.’