Ed Woodward has privately admitted signing this player was an error.
Manchester United’s chances in finishing in top 4 are virtually over as Everton thrashed them 4-0. The defeat is United’s fourth consecutive away defeat in all competitions. With games against Manchester City and Chelsea yet to come it seems the chances are nil for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side to finish in top 4 this season.
With a leaky defence and no pace in right wing, Ole will need a summer transfer window to rebuild his squad. Manchester United vice-chairman Ed Woodward has admitted signing this player was an error.
Manchester United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward privately admits he made an error by signing Alexis Sanchez, according to reports. The Chile international was expected to join Manchester City in the summer of 2017 but ended up making the surprise move to Old Trafford the following January.
Sanchez has failed to find his best form at United, scoring just five goals in 42 appearances. And now United are open to allowing Sanchez to leave Old Trafford at the end of the season, although they face a difficult task of offloading the 30-year-old as clubs are not prepared to match his high salary.
Sanchez currently earns a basic wage of close to £400,000 a week, which is topped up by lucrative bonuses including a £75,000 appearance fee every time he features for the club.
United handed Sanchez a four-and-a-half year deal when he arrived at Old Trafford and according to The Sunday Times, Woodward is now understood to consider that decision an error on his part.
The report also claims that Woodward is refusing to meet David De Gea’s wage demands as he is wary of repeating the same mistake he has made with Sanchez.
De Gea, who will have just a year remaining on his current contract at the end of the season, is asking to be handed the same salary Sanchez is earning at Old Trafford.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has warned his squad that he will not tolerate passengers in his team. “As a club we cannot carry players. Everyone has to take ownership, keep improving, show that hunger that you want to get better individually and as a team,” said Solskjaer. “I’m not just talking about Alexis individually. Everyone is under the same demands. But to go to Alexis, he’s not been lucky with injuries. Since I came in, he’s had two long-term injuries and that hasn’t been beneficial to him, and some other players have had injuries as well.”
It’s not the form of Alexis Sanchez that’s worrisome, it’s the wages that’s worrying United at the moment. United may sell Sanchez but his wages will definitely create a problem for United. The likes of De Gea and Pogba are asking for the same wages and United could be without these two players if the wage demands aren’t met.