Ryan Giggs has backed Alexis Sanchez to recover from his slump but says Jose Mourinho must find the right position to play the Manchester United star.
Much was expected of Sanchez after he completed a high-profile move to Old Trafford last January from Arsenal.
He showed glimpses of his potential during the last six months of the 2017-18 campaign, helping United progress to the final of the FA Cup.
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The overwhelming feeling was that Sanchez would raise his game this season, however, after being able to fully recover during a quiet summer.
But he is yet to find the target in five appearances and Ian Wright has claimed he could be sold by Manchester United unless his contributions improve.
Giggs insists Sanchez will soon come good for the Red Devils but says it is important that he is played in the correct position by manager Mourinho.
‘I’m a big fan of Sanchez, I was a big fan of his at Arsenal and sometimes it just takes players a bit longer to settle in,’ the Manchester United legend told Sky Sports.
‘Even though he’s a top player he just looks like he’s a bit short of confidence, but I’m sure he’ll come good as he’s a top goalscorer and a good player as well.
‘He can play anywhere across the front, he played on the right for Barcelona and up front in his better days for Arsenal.
‘I’ve seen him just off the left the most for United so it just depends who he’s playing with and who they’re playing against.
‘He can also play that No 10 role but I think the best performances I’ve seen from him at United are just coming off the left, but it’s just not quite happening for him at the moment.’
This week, former Arsenal and England striker Wright questioned Sanchez’s place in United’s first-team and suggested he could be offloaded in January.
‘He does not warrant a place in the team when you have Martial and Marcus Rashford waiting to play,’ said Wright.
‘You look at him at United: he’s not shackled, he’s got freedom. His form will have to kick in to justify a place.
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‘If I was a businessman, I’d see how it goes for the rest of the season then look to offload. It’s because of the wages he’s on.
‘For me, right now, if United had paid money for him they’d be thinking: ‘How are we going to get that back?’
‘Sanchez will have to take a hit on his weekly wage [if he joins another club]. Nobody will pay a fee for him, because of the way he’s playing.’
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