Former England captain Paul Ince: Alexis Sanchez can turn things around at Manchester United.


Paul Ince backs Alexis Sanchez. [Getty]

Paul Ince says Alexis Sanchez could become a 'key part' of the Manchester United side when he returns from his loan spell at Inter Milan. The Chilean is currently on loan at the Italian club but has failed to make an impact on Antonio Conte's Nerazzurri side after an injury restricted him to just 15 appearances. However, the ex-England captain says he won't be surprised if the former Barcelona and Udinese winger turned things around at Old Trafford. Sanchez has scored five goals in 45 appearances for the Red Devils since his move from the north London club Arsenal. 'I wouldn't rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season. Football is a funny old game,' he told Paddy Power. 'I've been in the situation as a manager where I've thought, "right, I'm going to get rid of him and him", but when it comes to it you can't get the deal done, so they stay at the club. 'Then pre-season comes around and they're a totally different player to the season before, and they're your key man the next season. 'So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang, suddenly he's important to their plans after all.' According to reports, east London side West Ham are interested in signing Sanchez but his high wages may prove to be an obstacle.

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