Alexis Sanchez “definitely” still has a future at Manchester United despite joining Inter Milan on a season-long loan, says Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
The Chile forward completed a temporary switch on Thursday, becoming the second player to leave Old Trafford for the Serie A club in August after Romelu Lukaku left for around £73m.
Sanchez, who joined United from Arsenal in January 2018, scored just five goals in 45 appearances but the deal does not include an option to buy.
Chris Smalling will also move to Italy for the rest of the season after he joined Roma on loan.
Asked if Sanchez could still feature for the club, Solskjaer said:
“Definitely. This is a loan for a year.
“Chris’ deal is a loan for a year if he signs his papers. We expect them to be professional. Go there and represent Manchester United as well. We want them to do well.”
Sanchez will now bid to rediscover the form he enjoyed at Arsenal, where he scored 60 Premier League goals in three-and-a-half years at the Emirates Stadium.
Asked if he had prioritised the harmony of the squad over options in attack, Solskjaer said:
“I am sure we will see Alexis back.
“We have just got to hope that he plays regular football for a year now and then he can find his form.
“I had a chat with him and for me, if I can’t guarantee regular football for Alexis Sanchez it is better for the two of us that he goes and plays in Italy and shows us what we know he is capable of.”