Paul Merson cannot envisage a scenario where Alexis Sanchez does not return to Manchester United this summer.
Sanchez’s season-long loan spell at Inter Milan has been ruined by injuries and poor form. He has started just two Serie A games this term and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has a dilemma on his hands over what he should do with the Chilean.
The coronavirus global pandemic is likely to have a huge impact on the transfer market with clubs less likely to risk large transfer fees for new players.
And former Arsenal player Merson thinks Solskjaer will have no choice but to give Sanchez a second chance at Old Trafford.
“With what’s currently going on, I can’t see a team going out and spending £100m on a player anymore,” Merson told Sky Sports.
“Teams are going to have to stick with what they’ve got so Manchester United keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez and bringing him back into the fold would come as no surprise.
“The clubs can’t ask the government to pay the wages of their staff and then once this has passed, and hopefully it will, go and spend £60m, £70m and even £80m on players. That’s taking the mick at the highest level!
“For that reason, I can understand Sanchez coming back to play a part at Old Trafford because, on his day, he is a great player.
“Players might start to appreciate that more and he could come back, work hard and be a success because you can’t go from being that good at Arsenal to be that bad at Manchester United, you just can’t.
“It’s definitely a better United than the one he left too. They were flying before the suspension of the league. They’ve had some excellent performances and some brilliant results so that will benefit him too.
“He’s got to come back and appreciate he’s at one of the biggest clubs in the world, if not the biggest. There is logic in Sanchez going back at Old Trafford, he’s a top player and if they can get even half the player he was at Barcelona and Arsenal back, he’ll be an asset.”
Unfortunately, we do not share Merson’s hope that Sanchez will see the light and resurrect his Manchester United career. While the foundations are in place for the 31-year-old to now succeed at Old Trafford, we cannot see him working his way back into Solskjaer’s first-team.
He is the antithesis to the players that Solskjaer is looking to focus his United revolution around. The Norwegian wants hungry, young, exciting talent that he can build his team around for the long-term.
We hope we can be proved wrong and Sanchez turns into a United success story next season