Robin Van Persie has given Alexis Sanchez some advice on how he can regain his old form at Manchester United.
The Chilean has had a torrid time at Old Trafford since arriving from Arsenal in a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan, and the former United striker says he needs to find a way to be ‘happy again’ to rediscover his best form.
“He is still a wonderful player, still a great player. He needs to find a way to be happy again,” Van Persie told Goal.
“If you are happy, you want to create and have fun. He had that in his first couple of months from what I saw and he needs to find that again.
“He can still play, he is still a fantastic football player. He just doesn’t really look happy and the reason why this is… I don’t know. I can only guess, but from distance, he looks unhappy and he needs to find a way to be happy again.”
The 30-year-old is currently recovering from an injury setback picked up while playing for Chile in the Copa America this summer.
He has scored just 5 goals since his move last January, and has become a real problem for manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
As per the Sun, Sanchez currently earns up to £505,000 per-week, meaning he has earned £8.2m per goal he has scored at the club.
Many United fans had hoped the Chilean would be a world-class attacking player the Reds needed to reach the next level when he was brought in by Jose Mourinho.
But so far, Sanchez is a contender for one of the worst transfer flops in Premier League history.
We hope he can somehow prove himself at Old Trafford and regain the form of his prime Arsenal days, but it’s unclear how many more opportunities he will be given.
Solskjaer seems delighted with young attackers Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial leading the line at the moment, so there is no guarantee the misfit will break into United’s first team set-up.
However, because he is on such a high wage, it will also be difficult to offload the player as only a few clubs could even consider affording his salary.