Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists that Alexis Sanchez is keen to stay at Manchester United amid rumours linking him with a Serie A return.
Sanchez’s United struggles have been well documented over the past year since his switch from rivals Arsenal in January 2018. He, in fact, has only scored a mere five goals in 45 appearances for the club.
Recently rumours have emerged claiming the 30-year-old decided to call it a day at Old Trafford. Apparently, his representatives held talks with Juventus, Inter Milan, and AS Roma over a potential Serie A comeback.
Fueling talk over a possible exit for the former Udinese man was his absence in United’s 4-0 win over Chelsea in their Premier League opener last weekend.
But Red Devils boss Solskjaer has now shutdown speculation linking Sanchez with an Old Trafford exit this summer.
“Alexis is such a professional. He comes in working every single day, really hard. He wants to be part of this,” said Solskjaer, according to Sky Sports.
“These stories that he’s been put in the reserves – of course, he hasn’t. He’s part of our squad and he’s a very good player. He’s a few weeks behind the rest but he’s very close to being part of it.
“We don’t have the biggest forward line so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect. We expect him to come good at this club. He’s quality.”
Meanwhile, Solskjaer also praised the impact of new United-record signing Harry Maguire following a solid debut against Chelsea.
The England international played the full 90 minutes and collected the man of the match award for his performance.
“Harry’s very level-headed. He’s just as composed off the pitch as he is on the pitch,” said Solskjaer.
“He’s experienced, he’s a big presence around the pitch.
“To have a cool head at the back is important. Defenders that are level-headed are great to have for a manager and a team.
“He’s only been here for a little bit more than a week and he’s been very good to have around.”
United will meet Wolves on Monday night for their next Premier League match at Molineux.