Alexis Sánchez’s form is not the only problem that Ole Gunnar Solskjær has to contend with after the Manchester United player picked up an injury against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, it was not an injury that came about when he was on the pitch.
In fact, the 30-year-old Chilean forward picked it up when he was warming up in the first leg of the Champions League clash at Old Trafford.
The United caretaker manager needed the Chile international to come on during the dying stages of the first half, mainly for how Jesse Lingard strained his left hamstring.
According to the Daily Mail, the former Arsenal and Barcelona star found himself distracted by the ongoing affair of the match and collided with Italian linesman Fabiano Preti while he was jogging.
Sánchez came on the pitch after the incident, but the newspaper adds that he told United’s coaching staff that he had suffered an injury above his knee.
The United player remained on the pitch to stop his leg from stiffening up and continued to warm up ahead of the second half.
Like Anthony Martial and Lingard, he could potentially be ruled out of his side’s fifth-round tie with Chelsea in the FA Cup.
The Red Devils suffered a 2-0 defeat to the French club, while Sánchez’s stats put forward the case for one of his worst performances at Old Trafford to date.
Solskjær has spoken about the out-of-form United player, suggesting that only he could save his career at the club now.
“I can’t do anything about Alexis Sánchez,” he said.
“When he plays, he needs to find himself because we know there’s a quality player there.”
Premier League icon Alan Shearer has identified Sánchez as one of the players who has failed to improve under the 45-year-old Norwegian, while former United star Paul Ince was ruthless in his criticism.
“The way Alexis Sánchez is playing at the moment is nothing short of a disgrace,” Ince said (via Fox Sports). “His performances are a joke for the wage he gets.
“I wouldn’t begrudge his high wage, either, if I thought that he was truly putting his all in and playing well, but when you give someone that kind of money you expect a lot more.
“The fans deserve better, Ole deserves better and so do the rest of his team.
“Maybe he has the hump because he’s not in the starting XI, but that’s hardly a surprise! He’s been hopeless, completely all over the place.
“There has to be a decision made about his future at Old Trafford because it’s not working.
“But this is the dilemma when you keep sacking managers, players the previous boss bought in on high wages are impossible to get rid of — so you have to try and make them work in your team.
“He’s a million miles away from being at his best, he looks like a completely different player.”
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