You Need to Find Yourself in the Game, Solskjaer Warns Sanchez

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Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar replaced Jesse Lingard with Sanchez against PSG on Tuesday after the England international was forced to withdraw with a hamstring injury.

Alexis Sanchez struggled after his introduction, however, appearing sluggish and lost amid the heat of the battle.

In an interview after the match, Gunnar admitted the 30-year-old had to up his game, saying: “I can’t do anything about Alexis Sanchez.

“When he plays he needs to finds himself because we know there’s a quality player there.”

Sanchez was injured against PSG at the time.

The United star clashed with the linesman on the touchline while warming up in a freak accident, an injury that seemed to shutter his effort of attacking aggressively.

According to reports, Sanchez told his manager about the hurt but Solksjaer proceeded to put him on the match.

Meanwhile, former United academy graduate Derek Brazil believes the 30-year-old may have to be the star to really flourish.

“Possibly. There is talk of it being a mental thing for him,” he told Love Sport Radio.

“I don’t know, he just seems to be one of these people that gets in a mood and that’s it.

“He probably needs a run of games, whether he plays well or not, to try and find his feet. Solksjaer said it himself, he needs to find himself, which I thought was quite a controversial thing to say.

He continued to say that as at the moment, United won’t come under critism but many will be waiting to see his result in the match against Chelsea.

“I think Solksjaer won’t come under criticism, but everyone will be looking now to see what his reaction is in the Chelsea game.

“If United go and beat Chelsea, I think United fans will look back at last night and think ‘we’re obviously not good enough for that level’

“So it may be a good thing that it happened to them, because realistically top four is where they are trying to finish, and obviously trying to win the FA Cup.”

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