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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has backed Alexis Sanchez to come good this season.
The Chilean has failed to impress since his £50m deadline day move from Arsenal in January 2018 and there has been plenty of speculation over his future at the club.
There have been some suggestions that the 30-year-old is now training with the Old Trafford reserves, but Solskjaer refuted this and said that the striker, who returned to pre-season training late following the Copa America tournament, is still very much a part of his plans.
"Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day, really hard, and he wants to be a part of this," the Norwegian said.
"It's these stories again that he's been put in the reserves and all this - of course he hasn't. He's part of our squad and he's a very, very good player.
"He's had three weeks now, so he's a few weeks behind the rest but he's very close to being part of it.
"We don't have the biggest forward line in numbers, so Alexis might end up playing a lot more games than you expect.
"Because we expect him to come good at this club. He's quality."
The United manager also revealed that the club plans to arrange a couple of behind-closed-doors matches to help get Sanchez and Fred, who also returned late following Brazil’s Copa triumph, up to full fitness as quickly as possible.