Robin Van Persie has suggested an unhappy Alexis Sanchez should end his Manchester United nightmare amid Inter Milan interest.
18 months after swapping Arsenal for United, Sanchez has suffered a disastrous stint at Old Trafford with just five goals in his 45 appearances to his name.
In all fairness, though, the 30-year-old has been hampered by injuries. He even missed most of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first six months in the United dugout due to knee and ankle problems.
So far, however, Sanchez is yet to play a single minute of football for the Red Devils this season. It comes in light of reports linking him with a loan switch to Inter, with Solskjaer confirming on Monday “there is a chance” he could leave.
And Van Persie, who also played for United and Arsenal during his playing career, feels an exit could be key for Sanchez to rediscover his happiness.
“He is still a great player but he doesn’t look happy to me,” the now-retired Dutchman told BT Sport.
“I can’t properly judge it because I am not working with him but when I see him play I rarely see him smiling.
“Of course, I get it when you are playing you need to be serious and you want to win but after you score a goal you can smile, because that is the point of football.
“We all play football because we like it and if you like something you should smile. I think in the first couple of months after his move he was happy and he was playing well.
“Mentally he needs to find that happiness again because if you are happy then you are fitter, you want to create and you want to have fun. So I think he should find a way to be happier again.”
Sanchez recently dropped a hint on his future on Instagram by removing the introduction message of “Manchester United player” for “I love football” instead.