Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand has passed his judgement on Alexis Sanchez, who has failed in all attempts to recapture the form he showed at Arsenal.
Few ever visualized Alexis Sanchez would be such a failure prior to his move to Old Trafford. And Rio Ferdinand has seemingly written off any chances of the Chilean finding form in a United Jersey.
The appointment of interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been refreshing to fans, as it is for the players too. However, despite the Norwegian successfully stimulating a burst of form in the likes of Paul Pogba, Victor Lindelof, Marcus Rashford, Romelu Lukaku, Ander Herrera and co. Rio Ferdinand believes Solskjaer has done enough for the winger, and that Sanchez could very well be above fixing for the interim manager.
“There are a lot of miles on the clock,” Rio Ferdinand said.
“That’s one big thing, he has played a lot of games at the top-level There is no doubting he is a fantastic footballer, but at Man United, it just doesn’t seem to be working at the moment.
“Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has gone into Man United and got some players working, got some players playing. Lindelof looks a different player now. He is first on the team-sheet in that back four now. Pogba, the most influential players in the Premier League since Ole Gunnar Solskjaer went there, barring probably Son at Tottenham.
“Marcus Rashford looks like the player that everyone believed he could be for United, but Sánchez he hasn’t been able to unlock that code yet, but you can’t expect a manager to go in an unlock every code on every player. He’s done what he can at the moment, but Sanchez is still searching for that form.”
Whilst Sanchez’ never ending search for form continues, Ferdinand spoke on Paul Pogba’s disappointing times early in his Manchester United career return, but heaped praises on the midfielder whom he believed would flourish under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
“It wasn’t about him not trying hard enough,” He said.
“Play the players in their best positions and you get the best results, simple as that. Everyone says he can’t defend, but people always look for what he can’t do. Why not look for what he can do.
“He is great at starting passages of play, he’s great at playing that final pass and the asset for a goal, he’s great at getting on the end of things. That’s what he’s doing now. If you compare how times he runs into the box to how many times he did that before Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived, it would be very different.
“That tells you why he getting goals, why he is getting shots on target, why he is getting assists, why he is being effective in the final third. It’s not rocket science what he’s doing now.
“Paul Pogba is a leader and he is going to warm into that role in the coming years under the guidance of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.”