BBC Sport pundit Chris Sutton does not agree with Manchester United’s decision to let Alexis Sanchez leave as he believes that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is now short of options.
There’s no denying that United are limited in options up front after allowing both Romelu Lukaku and Sanchez leave for Italy, without finding a replacement.
And to make matters worse, the Red Devils have had a poor start to the Premier League season picking up 5 points from their opening four matches.
However, Solskjaer has made it clear that his intention is to rebuild the squad with young, hungry players, as reflected by the club’s successful pursuits of Daniel James, Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire in the summer.
The manager has also shown willingness to give game time to Scott McTominay, Andreas Pereira and Mason Greenwood.
But Sutton is of the view that United have taken a major gamble by letting the Chile international go, citing the risk of injuries to Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford throughout the season.
“At some point Solskjaer has to dig his heels in!”
“The decision to let Sanchez go is lunacy!”@chris_sutton73 says #MUFC‘s decision to rely on youth this season could well backfire with the squad short on options.
— BBC 5 Live Sport (@5liveSport) September 2, 2019
Can’t say we disagree with Sutton from the point of view that Solskjaer doesn’t have enough options up front as a result of Sanchez’s switch to Inter Milan, but the former Arsenal star was a disaster at Old Trafford.
I also wonder if he had the personality of a player Solskjaer thought it would be best to get rid of…