Robin van Persie has suggested that Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United struggles are down to his unhappiness and urged him to change that.
Sanchez hasn’t been able to live up to expectations since joining United in January 2018 from rivals Arsenal. In fact, he’s just scored five goals in his 45 appearances across all competitions.
In all fairness, though, the 30-year-old’s time at Old Trafford has been hampered by injuries. He even missed most of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first six months in the United dugout due to knee and ankle problems.
But Sanchez has given the Red Devils renewed hope following his impressive performances for Chile at the Copa America this summer.
And Van Persie, who inspired United to the 2012/13 Premier League title in his debut campaign, thinks Sanchez simply needs to be happy again to thrive at Old Trafford.
“He doesn’t look very happy to me,” said the retired Dutchman, according to Daily Mail.
“He looked happy at Arsenal. He doesn’t look happy now. What I’ve seen and felt over the years is that how you feel mentally, how your life is, has a big influence.’
“If you’re happy, you’re 50 per cent fitter, you create more and you enjoy yourself… so he should find a way mentally to change that.”
Van Persie added: “What is pressure? Over the years I’ve thought about that a lot and pressure is air, you can’t touch pressure. It’s what you put on yourself.
“It’s important to put pressure in a box and deal with it. Of course, the pressure is there because you are playing for a big club and everyone has opinions about you. But you have to manage that.”
United are currently preparing for next Sunday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea at Old Trafford.