Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has revealed the reason behind his decision to loan Alexis Sanchez to Inter Milan, insisting that the forward “needed to go”.
Sanchez has officially completed a season-long loan switch to San Siro, after a disastrous 18-month spell at Old Trafford.
Ahead of United’s trip to Southampton on Saturday, Solskjaer has explained why he allowed Sanchez to follow Lukaku out of the exit door.
He told a press conference: “Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone. In the end, for us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together.
“He will come good for them. For us, we had a decision to make, I’m trusting Anthony [Martial], Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] to be our centre-forwards.
“We’ve got wingers in Chongy (Tahith Chong), Dan James, [Andreas] Pereira, we’ve loads of options. For me, it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row.
“I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work. We’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players.”