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How can Man United get the best out of Alexis Sanchez?

Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez could score over 20 goals next season, and this is why

It’s not over for Sanchez, he can successfully impact this Man Utd squad if Solskjaer plays to his strengths.

Alexis Sanchez, 30, played 166 games and got 80 goals and 45 assists during his time at Arsenal. It’s fair to say that the Chilean has failed to live up to his expectations.

Sanchez was involved in a swap deal, where he came to Old Trafford and Henrikh Mkhitaryan went the other way to the Emirates Stadium.

Since joining Man Utd, Sanchez has a record of 5 goals and 9 assists in 45 appearances. A statistic that needs to vastly improve.

Solskjaer recently had an interview where he said: “If we get him firing, he can get us 20 goals easily if he gets on a good run.” Which gives us an idea of what the coaches expect from him.

Where will Sanchez fit into this squad?

Alexis Sanchez has lost a yard of pace since his days at Arsenal and Barcelona. Playing him on the wing last season was almost like playing with 10 men as the Chilean failed to impact games.

However, one notable attribute Sanchez has is the energy to close down and press high up the field. He showed real determination on many occasions throughout his time at Man Utd. His effort is never questioned, but his ability to push the team forward most definitely is.

Sanchez can play as a centre-forward, despite majoring on the wing throughout his career. This wouldn’t require him to partake in foot races against the modern speedy full-backs.

Instead, Sanchez would play as a number 10, closing down from the front and playing the pacey players through on goal and behind the defence, a skill Sanchez is more than capable of.

Sanchez had a great run in Copa America with Chile. He will then take a few weeks off and jump into a brand new system to play in, upon rejoining the squad. These circumstances could result in the old Sanchez coming back, and he could feel like a brand new signing by succeeding under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in the upcoming campaign.

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