Manchester United didn’t need Alexis Sanchez – Paul Scholes

Former Manchester United midfielder, Paul Scholes, has said Alexis Sanchez was “never really needed” at the club.

United manager, Jose Mourinho, moved to land a proven performer during the January transfer window, as his contract at Arsenal ran down.

The Red Devils fought off interest from Manchester City, to sign the 29-year-old.

Sanchez has however struggled to produce anything close to his best, during a disappointing spell and is now seeing his value to the cause queried.

Scholes told BBC Radio 5 Live: “It’s really tough. We all know the qualities he’s got, he’s shown them at Arsenal, he’s shown them at Barcelona.

“It just hasn’t happened for him for one reason or another – why? I don’t know. I don’t know what he’s doing in training or behind the scenes. We just don’t know.

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“It was a signing at the time that I never thought we really needed; I thought the position was covered in Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford.

“Obviously, I thought he would bring quality to the squad. He hasn’t performed yet. Whether he’s fallen out with the manager – I don’t know. He looks like he’s trying.

“When you’re on a bad run of form, your confidence just goes. There are times when you just don’t want to play and you feel like you can’t kick a ball 10 yards to another player.

“I just hope he gets a chance to show his qualities because we know he has them.”

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