Difficult times await Manchester United as the club will not be opportuned to recall Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez back to Old Trafford to replace Marcus Rashford who is out injured, because there is no recall clause in his loan deal to Inter Milan.
Sanchez has recently returned to action after three months on the sidelines since dislocating his left ankle on international duty with Chile in October. The Chilean has made just five appearances for the Serie A club in all competitions this season.
The 31-year-old proved a huge flop at Old Trafford after signing on free from Arsenal in January 2018 that made him the highest-paid player in the Premier League. He sustained a succession of injuries and when he did get on the pitch, a return of five goals in 51 appearances in all competitions proved underwhelming.
But despite the fact United are understood to be paying just under half of his £400,000 a week wages, there is no option to cut short his spell at the San Siro. United now face a race against time to strengthen their squad having allowed Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku to leave for Inter in the summer.
Had it been that a recall option was inserted in his loan deal to Inter, Sanchez could still have added to Solskjaer’s attacking options which are now limited to Anthony Martial, Mason Greenwood and Daniel James.
The Red Devils are struggling for solutions up front after Marcus Rashford was ruled out for at least six weeks with a double stress fracture in his back and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer confirmed that United will look at signing a short-term replacement for their 22-year-old striker this month.
After the defeat to Liverpool, Solskjaer said: “He got a couple of knocks and jolts when he came on against Wolves and aggravated his back.
“It’s a stress fracture and it’s not something that’s happened before. It’s so unlucky for Marcus, he’ll be out for a while.
“He’s had some trouble before and we’re going to give him time to recover and rest before we put him back on the pitch. He won’t be back until after the mid-season break.
“I don’t know long it is, I’m not a doctor but normally a stress fracture is six weeks to heal and then he needs some recovery or some rehab after that probably.”
He added: “He’s always recovered quickly before so let’s hope he does that again.
”This time it takes longer so we just have to keep monitoring him, do another scan over the weekend and see how he is. We’re going to give him the time he needs.“