Alexis Sanchez will play against Arsenal tonight having returned from injury in time to visit his former club with Manchester United.
The FA Cup fourth round clash pits Sanchez against the team he left this time last year, as part of a swap deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan sign for Arsenal in return.
Sanchez returned to training in the days leading up to Saturday’s match, and now that he’s had another whole week to get match fit, Solskjaer is ready to let him feature against the Gunners.
Caretaker manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed Sanchez will be on duty tonight, and also suggested he will be fired up should the Arsenal fans voice their criticism of the forward.
“He’ll be involved,” Solskjaer said.
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“I think he’ll love it if the crowd turn against him. As a player, pride kicks in and you think ‘I’ll show all of you’.
“He’s been fantastic in training, his attitude has been spot on so hopefully he’ll enjoy the game.”
Solskajer will be unable to call upon Marouane Fellaini, the midfielder, and defenders Chris Smalling and Macos Rojo, however, with the trio all confirmed to remain stuck on the sidelines.
Sanchez’s time at Old Trafford has been largely unsuccessful in the 12 months since, and he’s started just five Premier League matches this season.
Admittedly, the Chile international has missed a large portion of the campaign through injury, and he’s only been fit to feature in three matches of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s reign as caretaker manager.
He played 27 minutes of a 2-0 defeat of Reading on January 2 before starting the FA Cup third round win at Reading three days later, but failed to make it off the bench last week in the narrow 2-1 home defeat of Brighton.