Ole Gunnar Solskjaer explains decision to loan Man Utd flop Alexis Sanchez to Inter

Alexis Sanchez has joined Inter Milan on loan from Manchester United (Picture: Getty)

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists loaning Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan was a logical decision despite the lack of attacking options he has at his disposal.

The Norwegian hinted earlier this summer he was prepared to offer the former Arsenal winger one last chance to rediscover the form which has escaped him from almost the moment he swapped the Emirates for Old Trafford in January 2018.

Despite adding only Daniel James to his forward line this summer, Solskjaer has sanctioned the departure of the Chile international on a season-long loan during which United will continue to pay a large proportion of his £500,000-a-week salary.

Solskjaer also allowed Romelu Lukaku to sign for Inter earlier this month and is prepared to hand regular first team opportunities to youngsters Angel Gomes and Mason Greenwood.

He could be forced to go down that route as early as this weekend’s visit to Southampton, given the injury sustained by Anthony Martial, but still believes handing Sanchez the chance to resurrect his career elsewhere was an easy decision to make.

‘I think Alexis needed to go. Because at the moment we know he has been here now for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him,’ he said at his pre-match press conference.

‘For him as well to restart and get himself playing regularly, getting himself scoring goals, that loan will benefit everyone in the end.

‘For us, we’re going to watch every weekend now to see Romelu and Alexis playing together.’

Sanchez could make his Inter debut for Antonio Conte, who tried to sign him from Arsenal while he was in charge at Chelsea, on Sunday against Cagliari.


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