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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: Alexis Sanchez Can Leave United for 'Good Enough' Offer

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2019

Chile's Alexis Sanchez takes part in a training session in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on July 5, 2019 on the eve of their Copa America third place football match against Argentina. (Photo by Miguel SCHINCARIOL / AFP)        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL SCHINCARIOL/AFP/Getty Images)
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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said Alexis Sanchez will only leave the club this summer if an offer arrives that both the Red Devils and the forward deem "good enough."

Per Joe Krishnan of the Evening Standard, Solskjaer also called the Chile legend a quality player: "Alexis is a quality player. We don't have loads of options. If there is an offer that's good enough for the club and him maybe he will go, but if not then he's still our player and he's a quality player."

The former Barcelona and Arsenal star has been a giant flop for the Red Devils since arriving in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan. He has scored just three Premier League goals in a season and a half.

Gary Neville urged his old club to sell him:

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"He's been an absolute disaster." šŸ¤Æ Speaking on MNF, @GNev2 says he likes the new 'youthful and energetic' Manchester United side and believes Alexis Sanchez should leave the club: https://t.co/85n7xNwoEO https://t.co/TYOCf3dywX

The stats of his time at Old Trafford so far paint an ugly picture:

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The price Manchester United have paid for Alexis Sanchez. Ā£11m per goal Ā£6.1m per assist Ā£2.5m per shot on target Ā£1.7m per start Ā£1.2m per game played Ā£764,000 per chance created Ā£19,800 per minute played Bargain šŸ˜³ https://t.co/5iYvyEPa3f

According to Krishnan, Inter Milan are interested in the 30-year-old and are hoping to land him on a loan deal that includes a permanent option. Serie A sides can register new players until 2 September.

United already sold Romelu Lukaku to the Italians, however, leaving them short of senior attacking options. Sky's Gabriele Marcotti isn't sure whether the team could cope with another sale given they no longer have the ability to bring in a replacement:

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Do Manchester United have the depth to allow both Alexis Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to leave the club? @Marcotti joined #TransferTalk to discuss šŸ“² Download: https://t.co/u0ysAbXAL0 šŸŽ§ Listen now: https://t.co/CNSpZQ8fQq https://t.co/eECvU2pRpW

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford have been Solskjaer's preferred choices in attack so far this season, with rising star Mason Greenwood expected to seize a bigger role over the campaign. The three have a limited amount of experience, however, which is where having Sanchez comes in handy.

He was not in the squad for the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace at the weekend, a match in which United's attackers struggled as a unit.

Here are the goals from that contest:

The Red Devils have collected four points from their first three matches, but their level of play has gone backwards. The 4-0 win over Chelsea to start the season was promising, but Wolverhampton Wanderers more than held their own in a Week 2 draw before Saturday's debacle at Old Trafford.

United will visit Southampton in Week 4, their final match before the international break and the transfer deadline in Serie A.