Sunk cost of Sanchez holding Man United back

Silvia Morton
April 16, 2019

"It's very important because we need to score goals and if it's Rom [Romelu Lukaku], Jesse [Lingard], Anthony [Martial], Alexis [Sanchez], Marcus [Rashford], we need big performances", the Norwegian said.

"That memory from Paris will help the players know we can turn things around", said the United manager during his news conference.

Coutinho has not been a success since joining Barcelona for a club-record fee in January 2018, and speculation surrounding his position at Camp Nou has been unrelenting ever since his underwhelming displays became rather the norm.

The return of Alexis Sanchez will most definitely be a boost for Man United but we do not expect the Chilean to start the game for two main reasons.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side has been regularly reported as one of the possible destinations for the former Inter Milan man and Sport explain why the 27-year-old is an "impossible signing" for the Red Devils.

"He's been injured, he's not had a fantastic season so far and let's hope he can end the season great".

Solskjaer added: "Fitness wise he's available and of course, for Alexis who's been here and played here, when he's on the pitch he wants to prove a point for us as well".

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Falling down the pecking order in a Barca squad laced with star talent and built around arguably the best player ever in Messi is one thing. Who can score them (goals). We hope we can do that and score and make it very hard for them.

United have scored only once at home in five European games, but they have proven to be better away from home.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi has scored 22 goals in 31 Champions League games against English opponents, more than any other player in the competition.

By contrast, a hard-running style and years of grind for club and country seem to have burned Sanchez out having just turned 30 in December.

Ernesto Valverde started him against the 20-time English champions in their 1-0 victory in the first leg of the Champions League clash at Old Trafford.

Similarly United's chance of winning the Champions League this season has reduced to around 1%.

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