‘It’s like a new signing for Man Utd’ – Sky Sports pundit hails forgotten man

MANCHESTER UNITED caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has resurrected the career of Alexis Sanchez after a disappointing first year at the club.

That is the opinion of former Premier League defender Stephen Warnock.

Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in a swap deal last January which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.

Putting pen to paper on a £500,000-a-week deal, Sanchez was earmarked as United’s marquee signing of the season, but suffered under the strict regime of Jose Mourinho.

The divisive Portuguese was fired in December, however, bringing Solskjaer to Old Trafford until the end of the season.

Sanchez was injured when his new boss arrived, but looks to be enjoying his football once more after scoring in the Red Devils 3-1 win over former club Arsenal on the weekend.

And Warnock, who now features as a pundit on Sky Sports, believes Solskjaer is doing everything right to rediscover the old Sanchez, who scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for the Gunners.

“He’s enjoying the opportunity to be the Manchester United manager and the players are enjoying it as well,” Warnock told Sky Sports.

“If they keep closing that gap to fourth place, big decisions have to be made on players and tactical decisions have to be made.”

Sanchez’s performance last Friday night gave hope he can resurrect his United career, and Warnock believes his impact when on form cannot be underestimated.

“It is like a new signing to Man Utd but it is tough to fit all the players into the system,” the former Aston Villa full-back added.

“That’s the headache OGS is going to have – juggling players on the fringes and keeping them happy. But he’s doing it with his rotation quite nicely. It was the performance United have waited almost a year for.

“It was back to what we remember him for his time at Arsenal. It’s been a tough road for him. He came in and didn’t hit the ground running.

“One of the hardest things to do is perform straight away. You want to show to the team why you’ve been brought in.

“There was big talk about how much he’s getting paid and players are looking at him thinking: ‘You’re getting paid bug money, you’re going to have to perform.’

“Fans have been waiting a long time. When the training regime changes and goes up a tempo, suddenly your levels go up as well.

“It gives you that dynamic back and your speed and your power. Your confidence starts building and building and he looks completely different.”