Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskajer has challenged Alexis Sanchez to fire the Red Devils into the top four of the Premier League by the end of this season.
The Old Trafford side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League in a dismal 3-0 loss against FC Barcelona in the second leg of the quarter-final at the Camp Nou on Tuesday night.
Apart from their European knockout, United are currently sixth in the Premier League table and are risking missing out on a Champions League spot for next season. And Sanchez, who has been struggling with injury for the past few months made a first appearance after a long time against Barcelona.
He did look as though he could be getting back to decent form in the near future and Solskjaer has challenged him to help Manchester United until the end of the season.
As reported by the Mirror, speaking about Sanchez and what he expects from the Chilean, Solskjaer said, “Alexis has been injured now since March 1. So he’s been out for six weeks and it was important he got 15 minutes on the pitch for his mentality so he knows his knee is OK.”
The Norwegian coach continued, “He was close to getting a goal and had a couple of other instances that he showed his talent. Hopefully he can give us a good push towards the end of the season to get in the top four.”
Two goals from Lionel Messi and an incredible long-range goal from Philippe Coutinho led Barcelona to a 4-0 aggregate win in what could be called as victory earned more due to Manchester United’s poor performances than Barcelona’s extraordinaire.