Manchester United news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer warns Alexis Sanchez and underperforming team-mates the club will not carry players
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has issued a stern warning to Alexis Sanchez and his Manchester United team-mates following their recent run of poor performances, telling them there is no place to hide.
United have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and were dumped out of the Champions League last Tuesday by Barcelona at the Nou Camp, losing 4-0 on aggregate.
In the Premier League, they are sixth, three points behind Arsenal in the final Champions League place with five matches remaining.
The Norwegian, who returned to United on an interim basis in December before being given the job on a permanent basis in March, has acknowledged the team needs to be rebuilt and one of the players who could be moved on in the summer is Sanchez.
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The former Arsenal forward has scored just twice all season and has struggled for much of his spell at Old Trafford since joining the club in January 2018 – with Solskjaer making it clear what he expects next season.
“As a club we cannot carry players,” the United manager said.
“Everyone has to take ownership, keep improving, show that hunger that you want to get better individually and as a team.
“I’m not just talking about Alexis. Everyone is under the same demands. But if we are talking about Alexis, he hasn’t been lucky with injuries.
“Since I came in, he’s had two long-term injuries and that hasn’t been beneficial to him.
“Some other players have had injuries as well. But I see the characters we have. I am looking at who we should keep, who we should move on.
“Alexis has got a fantastic talent when he’s at his best level. Now we want him performing for us.
“When you’re out there, there is no hiding place and everyone can see where your levels are at. We’re also working on training with a fantastic staff. I’ve got to create this culture that we want.”
United travel to Goodison Park to take on Everton on Easter Sunday, and a win will move them back into fifth ahead of Chelsea, who host Burnley on Monday night.
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