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SportSolskjaer: Sanchez hasn't had a chance to prove himself after 'new lease on life'

07:15  13 january  2019
07:15  13 january  2019 Source:   goal.com

Solskjaer: Sanchez has a new lease of life at Man United

Solskjaer: Sanchez has a new lease of life at Man United Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is confident Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez will soon be back to his best ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham. "He's got high standards himself that you demand from yourself," Solskjaer told reporters. "When it doesn't work for you, as it clearly hasn't and he's had some injuries, then it's difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on. "So [we've had] individual chats but, of course, it's a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it's a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he's a top, top player.

Solskjaer said: “We have had quite a few individual chats, both formal and informal. It’ s a new lease of life , maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he is a top player. He’ s not really had a chance to prove himself . “It will still take time before we can fairly say with Alexis, ‘Yeah, you’re 100

After a match against Reading, Solskjær had further surgery on his knee. However, it was not as serious as his previous operations, and he was put out of action for only a month. "Old celebration gets new outing as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sparkles again".

Solskjaer: Sanchez hasn't had a chance to prove himself after 'new lease on life' © Getty Images

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Alexis Sanchez has a "new lease of life" as the Chilean forward tries to rediscover his best form at Old Trafford.

Sanchez was a high-profile arrival from Premier League rivals Arsenal in January last year, however, the former Barcelona star has struggled for form and fitness in Manchester.

The 30-year-old, who only scored three goals for United last season, has been limited to just 14 matches in all competitions this term due to a hamstring injury.

But since returning to the squad, Sanchez has tallied two assists in two appearances and Solskjaer is confident the veteran will soon be back to his best ahead of Sunday's trip to Tottenham.

Solskjaer confident over Sanchez fitness ahead of Tottenham clash

Solskjaer confident over Sanchez fitness ahead of Tottenham clash Alexis Sanchez went off with a hamstring problem during Manchester United's FA Cup win over Reading.

Alexis Sanchez has shown signs of a mini revival at Man United under boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Daily Mail16:22 5-Jan-19. Solskjaer tells Sanchez to get out his seat after he was forced off through injury talkSPORT16:08 5-Jan-19. Solskjaer hopeful on Sanchez injury after United beat Reading The

Manchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenged Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to prove they belong in his team. The Norwegian has already had an impact on Paul Pogba' s form since taking over from Jose Mourinho and the 45-year-old says it is up to Sanchez and

"He's got high standards himself that you demand from yourself," Solskjaer told reporters. "When it doesn't work for you, as it clearly hasn't and he's had some injuries, then it's difficult to suddenly click and put that confidence on.

"So [we've had] individual chats but, of course, it's a fresh start for him with me and Mike [Phelan] coming in – it's a new lease of life for him maybe. Hopefully we can see the best of him because he's a top, top player."

Sanchez has only managed one Premier League goal in 2018-19 – a dramatic stoppage-time winner against Newcastle United in October.

"We've had the issue with his injury – that's been the problem here now," Solskjaer continued. "So he's not really had a chance to prove himself or show what he can do and it will still take time before we can fairly say that Alexis is 100 per cent fit and he's had many games on the run. Then we expect to see the best level that he can perform to."

United are sixth in the Premier League, 10 points adrift of third-placed Tottenham, after 21 matches.

The can close the gap on the top four to just six points with a win over Spurs on Sunday and pull level with fifth placed Arsenal on points.

Rashford and Lukaku hail Solskjaer influence on Man Utd finishing.
The Red Devils cruised to a 2-0 win at Newcastle thanks to the ice-cool finishes of their attacking pair at St James' Park

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