If the Manchester United hierarchy were watching Inter Milan’s defeat at Lazio, they are likely to have configured that they will have one major problem next summer. Alexis Sanchez got just five minutes from the bench, despite the fact Inter were in desperate need of an equaliser in Rome. This is a player who has built a reputation as a match winner, now it’s almost as if he can’t be trusted.
Of course Sanchez is still on loan from Manchester United, who are continuing to pay a large chunk of his wages.
Inter do not have an option to buy included, but even if they did it was unlikely to have been exercised.
Alexis has struggled with injury for the best part of the whole season but he remains the third wheel to Antonio Conte’s first-choice pairing of Romelu Lukaku and Lautaro Martinez.
That leaves United sweating over the Chilean, particularly as they weigh up whether to keep him or let him go.
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“Alexis will come back in the summer and prove you all wrong.”
Those comments have since been contradicted with recent reports claiming United will not try and offload the flop.
For whatever reason, things just did not work out for Alexis at United after completing what looked like the biggest move of his career.
Things do seem to be working out for Ashley Young at Inter though, he is a man reborn in Milan.
He has gone straight into Conte’s starting line up and he rolled back the years by striking the opener in the defeat at Lazio.
Young continued to surge up the pitch throughout the game and it was a display that suggested there is still life in his legs yet at the age of 34.
It was a performance that concluded he still had more to give at United until the end of the season, both on and off the field.
Yes, the emergence of Brandon Williams has hampered his playing time, but Young clearly has invaluable experience. Conte saw something in that.
United are going to need that between now and May if they are to get top four. The makeshift full-back deserved a better send-off for the service he has carried out for United over the years.
It just goes to show, there is more to life outside of the Premier League.