Alexis Sanchez is yet to make his mark for Manchester United ever since arriving at the club in January last year.
Manchester United suffered their first defeat under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer earlier this week. PSG secured a 2-0 win over United in the first leg of the Champions League round-of-16.
Alexis Sanchez was disappointing yet again for the side. He was unable to make an impact in the game after coming on as a substitute for Jesse Lingard.
Solskjaer stated after the game that he “can’t do anything” about Alexis Sanchez.
“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez. When he plays he needs to find himself because we know there’s a quality player there,” Solskjaer said.
The Chilean winger has now broken silence over his performances in a recent interview with BBC. Sanchez explained that he needs to have the ball to create an impact on the game.
“He [Solskjaer] hasn’t spoken to me a great deal about what I have to do on the pitch, but I think I’m an experienced player and I think I know what I need to do and what I shouldn’t do,” said Sanchez.
Alexis Sanchez injured himself after colliding with a linesman whilst warming up against PSG. He is now battling to be fit for the FA Cup tie against Chelsea. #mufc
— Man Utd Empire (@Empire_Mu) February 15, 2019
Paul Merson: “I hope we see the old [Alexis] Sánchez, but I don’t see the confidence or the hunger in his eyes anymore – for the quality he possesses as a player, he works as hard as anyone, but I don’t see that anymore.” #mulive [sky]
— utdreport (@utdreport) February 16, 2019
“I’m a player that, if I’m not in contact with the ball, I lose that spark, and sometimes I want to play in every game. You’re in, you’re out, and I’m used to paying.”
However, the winger admitted that he can’t use it as an excuse for his poor performances.
“It’s not an excuse because if I go on for 10, 20 minutes, I have to perform because that’s what I’m here for, to make a difference,” Sanchez said.
Ander Herrera, who was also interviewed by BBC, praised Alexis Sanchez for his work ethic.
“I have big expectations for Alexis because he’s a fantastic player and he’s a fantastic professional.
Alexis Sanchez. Great player. World class on his day. Due to injury/time at the top/age, he’s lost a yard or two. Like Juan Mata he’s technically gifted but not good enough for a top four team. Harsh reality.
— Tom McDermott (@MrTomMcDermott) February 15, 2019
🗣️🎙️ “I think that is the level we need to aim for at this club.”
— Man United News (@ManUtdMEN) February 13, 2019
“He wants to be important for the club and I’m sure he’s going to be. The only thing we can tell him is that we all believe in his qualities, we know what he has,” said Herrera.