Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Alexis Sanchez “needed” to leave Manchester United this summer after the Chilean completed a season-long loan move to Inter Milan.
But the Norwegian has backed Sanchez to come good in Serie A as he now links up with Romelu Lukaku for the Italian giants.
The decision to sanction a temporary departure for the 30-year-old has left United short in attacking areas, but Solskjaer felt the move was important to allow the forward to “restart” after a disappointing 18 months at Old Trafford.
Sanchez has scored just five goals in 45 appearances for United since moving from Arsenal and he has found himself on the fringes during the first three games of this season.
“Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him,” Solskjaer said.
“For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone in the end, for us we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together.”
In the absence of Lukaku and Sanchez, United will have to rely on Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and 17-year-old Mason Greenwood to lead the line this season, while Tahith Chong, Daniel James and Andreas Pereira can provide options out wide.
But Solskjaer insists Sanchez can resurrect his career in Italy.
“He will come good for them,” he said. “For us we had a decision to make, I’m trusting Anthony, Marcus, Mason to be our centre forwards, we’ve got wingers in Chongy, Dan James, Pereira, we’ve loads of options, for me it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row.
“I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work, we’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players.”