Sanchez’s disastrous Man Utd career reaches new low after piano unveiling, Mourinho clash and stealing Solskjaer’s seat

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ALEXIS SANCHEZ has never really been in tune at Old Trafford.

From the moment the £505,000-a-week Chilean hit our screens in January last year, wearing a Man United shirt and tapping at the ivory keys of a grand piano, his career came crashing down.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threatened Alexis Sanchez with banishing him to the reserves
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threatened Alexis Sanchez with banishing him to the reserves[/caption]

Sanchez’s dramatic unveiling saw him playing the tune to United’s famous song ‘Glory, Glory, Man United’.

Eighteen months later, with just five goals to his name and £41million of wages in the bank, there’s been little glory for either United or Sanchez.

As exclusively revealed by SunSport, boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is ready to banish the striker to United’s reserves if he refuses to accept a move abroad.

The European transfer window closes on September 2 and Solskjaer is desperate to get rid of the former Arsenal man.

It has been an extraordinary period, given the excitement around Old Trafford when Sanchez signed his deal.

COUP OF A CATCH

He had been Arsenal’s leading man.

Having scored 80 goals since joining from Barcelona in 2014, Sanchez was one of the Premier League’s true superstars.

So when United managed to beat rivals Man City to the signing of Sanchez ⁠— who had worked with Pep Guardiola at Barca ⁠— it seemed a genuine coup.

Then United boss Jose Mourinho justifiably described Sanchez as “one of the best attacking players in the world”.

And yet, the warning signs were already there.

Sanchez’s prolific record had fallen from 0.63 goals per game in 2016-17 to 0.37 in the first half of the 2017-18 season.

Arsenal legend Ian Wright had put it down to the fact he “clocked off” and was “not putting in a shift”.

Sanchez signed for United in January 2018 on a £505,000-a-week deal
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Sanchez signed for United in January 2018 on a £505,000-a-week deal[/caption]

Sanchez's United unveiling showed him playing'Glory, glory Man United' on a piano
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Sanchez’s United unveiling showed him playing ‘Glory, glory Man United’ on a piano[/caption]

BRIGHT START

Sanchez’s debut did little to dispel Mourinho’s belief as the 30-year-old starred in the FA Cup against Yeovil Town.

Sanchez grabbed his first goal for the club against Hudderfield a week later, but his impact wasn’t as significant as expected.

The Chilean finished the season with just three goals for United in 18 games.

Mourinho tried to stay positive as he praised the effort and performances of Sanchez during their pre-season tour of the United States.

“He’s committed, he’s focused, he works hard. I believe that he will improve,” Mourinho said.

But as time went on and Sanchez failed to deliver, Mourinho grew tired of the Chilean’s moaning and the pair clashed.

TAKE NO MOUR

Sanchez openly criticised Mourinho’s tactics and his lack of game time.

When he was substituted away to Burnley in September last year, Sanchez launched his bib as he threw a strop.

Mourinho’s patience quickly ran out.

A month later, the Portuguese told Sanchez he would never play for United again unless his performances improved.

When Mourinho was sacked in December, Sanchez posted a video to his Instagram account driving into the club’s training ground blasting Hans Zimmer’s ‘Now We Are Free’.

That was followed by SunSport revealing that Sanchez placed a £20,000 wager with team-mate Marcos Rojo that Mourinho would be fired.

Sanchez strenuously denied the allegations.

Sanchez's United debut against Yeovil showed positive signs, but they weren't to last
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Sanchez’s United debut against Yeovil showed positive signs, but they weren’t to last[/caption]

Sanchez quickly fell out with former boss Jose Mourinho
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Sanchez quickly fell out with former boss Jose Mourinho[/caption]

Chilean forward Sanchez threw a strop after being subbed off at Burnley
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Chilean forward Sanchez threw a strop after being subbed off at Burnley[/caption]

HOT FOR CHILE

What must have been most frustrating for Mourinho and his successor, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, was seeing Sanchez on international duty.

With Chile, the forward returned to his original brilliance.

He played with passion and pace, a constant threat in the red shirt of the South American nation.

And he also found his shooting boots.

Last season, half under Mourinho and half with Solskjaer, Sanchez scored a total of two goals for United in 28 games; for Chile, he got four in eight.

OLE’S CHANCE

When Solskjaer took over from Mourinho, he clearly took the same opinion as his predecessor.

Sanchez started just one Premier League game and two FA Cup matches in the opening six weeks of the Norwegian’s reign.

There was one positive performance when Sanchez played a part in both goals of a 2-0 win over Reading in the FA Cup.

But when Sanchez was substituted off, Solskjaer turned round to find the Chilean sat in his seat.

The boss quickly guided him away, grinning.

But on a frustrating night at Old Trafford a month later, when United lost to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, Solskjaer couldn’t hide his feelings.

He had sent on Sanchez to replace Jesse Lingard and the impact was minimal.

“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez,” Solskjaer said. “When he plays he needs to find himself.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to remove Sanchez from his seat at Old Trafford
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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had to remove Sanchez from his seat at Old Trafford[/caption]

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GUNNAR GO

United’s performance in the opening game of this season was damning for Sanchez.

Currently recovering from a hamstring injury, Sanchez saw an impressive United thump Chelsea 4-0 at Old Trafford.

Marcus Rashford starred, Anthony Martial was on target and summer signing Daniel James scored from the bench.

Mason Greenwood also came on as a sub, and the 17-year-old was involved in the story which may be the final straw for Solskjaer.

Sanchez clashed with Greeenwood in pre-season training after a foul led to an angry exchange of words between the two.


Solskjaer has shown his faith is in youth.

Greenwood was prematurely promoted from the academy to first-team and Sanchez could head the other way, by being banished to the kids.

The noise around Sanchez is reaching a crescendo, and the end may finally be near.

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