Ole Gunnar Solskjaer claimed he will struggle to reverse Alexis Sanchez’s faltering career after another woeful display from the Manchester United forward against Paris Saint-Germain.
The former Arsenal forward has struggled to find any semblance of his best form since his move to Old Trafford last January and has played only a bit-part role in United’s resurgence under their interim manager.
After a goal and assist at the weekend, the in-form Anthony Martial kept his place in Solskjaer’s starting line-up for the visit of the French champions but a muscle injury late in the first half gave Sanchez a chance to stake his claim.
The 30-year-old failed to adapt to the pace of the game, however, regularly conceded possession and didn’t create anything in the final third.
Assessing Sanchez’s performance, Solskjaer said after the 2-0 defeat:
‘I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez. When he plays he needs to find himself.
‘That’s the reality, that Jesse and Anthony have been big parts of our squad and second half we didn’t have the pace and movement to get in behind them.
‘It was an even game and it’s always going to be difficult against good teams. The first goal is always going to be important. The way we conceded it was disappointing. The second goal was quality – the ground he makes up to get into the box is brilliant.
‘He’s lightning quick. You need to get your body in against him. This is a level up from what we have played against. That’s the level we want to get to. Top four is one thing, but Manchester United should be at the top.’