Alexis Sanchez was bizarrely dragged into discussions over United’s future last week.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer told BBC Sport that Sanchez would ‘prove everybody wrong’ when he returns to United in the summer from his loan spell at Inter Milan.
Perhaps those comments inspired Sanchez. Last night he produced one of his better performances for the Serie A side.
It came after he was snubbed for a start in favour of 17-year-old Sebastiano Esposito. But the teenager wasted his opportunity.
Sanchez came on after 58 minutes with the game 0-0. Within 10 minutes they were 2-0 up, with ex-United striker Romelu Lukaku scoring twice.
The second goal was a penalty, which was won by Sanchez, after his quick footwork inside the box caught out his old Udinese side.
This was a big game for Sanchez, who also had one shot on target. Ashley Young also played all 90 minutes in the 2-0 win.
Sanchez has seemed like he has been in an unstoppable decline over the past two years.
This was a rare good moment for him, although it will mean nothing if he can’t build on it. His performance was praised on social media.
Whatever happens next with Sanchez, will be dictated by finances.
United still owe him £41 million over the course of his contract from July for the next two seasons due to his £400,000 per week wages [BBC].
He would have to take a wage cut to join another club for certain, and based on his stint at Inter so far, no team will want to sign him any way, leaving United stuck with him.
Unless, he can kick on in the second half of the season and start performing. Last night showed he may not quite be done yet.
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