Manchester United legend Andy Cole is confident Alexis Sanchez will come good as you don’t “become a bad player overnight”.
United thought they had hit the jackpot when they traded Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Arsenal for Sanchez in January 2018.
The Red Devils awarded him a four-and-a-half-year contract and made him the Premier League’s highest-paid player on a staggering £500,000 per week. Sanchez was even given the fabled no.7 jersey.
However, the Chilean forward has failed to replicate his impressive displays for Arsenal and Barcelona down the years, with just two goals to his name in 27 appearances for United this season.
In all fairness, though, Sanchez has had endured a number of knee and hamstring problems in the past eight months which have restricted his opportunities.
Recent reports have suggested United could be set to cut their losses and allow Sanchez to seal a move to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
But Cole reckons there is still hope the 30-year-old can turn things around at Old Trafford.
“That’s the million dollar question because there’s noises that he might not be there, whatever,” said Cole, according to the Independent.
“Sanchez is a bit like the [Fernando] Torres thing. You know, when Torres left Liverpool and went to Chelsea, all of a sudden he wasn’t the same individual and left everyone scratching their head.
“I think the situation with Sanchez now has got everyone scratching their head.
“For what he was at Arsenal and then coming to Manchester United, you turn and say, ‘well, where has it kind of gone wrong?’ Because you can’t become a bad player overnight. You cannot do it.
“For some reason, I keep saying to myself he’ll turn it around. He will turn it around.
“If it’s at Manchester United we’ll have to wait and see but you just can’t become a bad player overnight because he has too many qualities.”
Cole scored 121 goals in 275 appearances for United from 1994 to 2002. He won five Premier League titles, two FA Cups, a Charity Shield and the Champions League.