Alexis Sanchez had a rocky first 12 months at Manchester United. Fitness issues are continuing to make his bounce-back under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer difficult.
The Chile international showed promise away to Newcastle, providing an assist for Marcus Rashford to score.
The perfectly timed and weighted pass showed what Sanchez is capable of, and that he can still be an asset to United.
Since then it has not gone according to plan. He was all bluster and no end product against Reading, and left the pitch early in the second half with an injury.
This kept him out of United’s win over Tottenham, and before he returned to training yesterday. The question remains, how long will this last for?
Alexis missed the entire month of December with a hamstring injury. His most recent issue was a knock on his thigh.
He has been in and out of the team all season and needs to stay fit to turn his situation around. Fingers crossed he is past the worst of it.
United hope he will remain fit to face Brighton at Old Trafford this weekend. The best he can hope for is a place on the bench considering United’s excellent form.
Could he make a statement?
There is plenty of time for Sanchez to come good this season. Facing former side Arsenal in the FA Cup is the ideal place to start at his old stomping ground.
Sanchez has not faced Arsenal since leaving them, missing the clash at Old Trafford last month with injury.
He will have an extra point to prove if he plays. United should look to pick him and rotate the team, providing he is fit.
United don’t need to rush him. One concern is that he comes back too soon and gets injured again.
Sanchez was really bought to help United in the Champions League. It didn’t work out last season. He needs to deliver against PSG.
Getting past the French champions will not be easy. United need Sanchez to contribute. If he does, then he will start turning around the widely held perception that his move to Old Trafford has been a failure.