The figures behind United's latest Alexis Sanchez stance

Unbelievably, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted a desire to see Alexis Sanchez return to Manchester United next season.

The Chilean has had a torrid time at Inter, following the downward spiral of his Manchester United spell.

Solskjaer was quoted at his press conference by BBC Sport: “Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.”

Whether he really means it or not, and we suspect the latter, the Norwegian might not have a choice.

Finances mean United are likely to be stuck with Sanchez.

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He’s owed how much?!

BBC Sport report Sanchez earns £400,000 per week. Reporting of this wage does vary, but the BBC is a reliable source so we will go with that.

From July 1 he will have two years remaining on his United contract which expires in June 2022.

Multiply his wages by the 104 weeks over two years from July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022, and Sanchez is owed a staggering amount: £41.6 million.

Waste of money

Sanchez’s contract was risky at the time, and should never have been sanctioned.

It is no wonder United have been unable to find a permanent buyer for the attacker, and frankly the club are unlikely to after his underwhelming stint in Italy.

Sanchez’s talent is on the decline and he may not be good enough to play for United any more.

To consider United are still on the hook to pay him £41.6 million from July is just outrageous, and the person who sanctioned that deal, Ed Woodward, should be fired.

If you want to know why United are considering bringing Sanchez back, it’s because he is probably too expensive to pay off, and his wages make him too costly for any club to sign. What a mess.

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