The Chilean was expected to return back towards the end of this month but now United have received a huge boost as Alexis Sanchez has returned back to training and could very well be on the bench vs Barcelona.
United take on Barcelona in the second leg of the Champions League quarter-finals at the Camp Nou on Tuesday and some reports claim Alexis Sanchez will be a part of that squad.
Alexis Sanchez has returned back to training last week itself and many expected him to be on the bench vs West Ham United this past weekend but the manager claimed that the Hammers game would have been too early for him.
Solskjaer confirmed before that match: “He is training with us, he’s trained twice. I’m not sure if he’s going to be available against West Ham.
“He’s injury-free but not sure 100 per cent for tomorrow. Maybe he’s more likely for the Barcelona game.”
The return of Alexis Sanchez will most definitely be a boost for Man United but we do not expect the Chilean to start the game for two main reasons.
The first and the obvious one is his match fitness and Solskjaer would not want to start with a player who is not 100 per cent against a team like Barcelona.
The second reason is, of course, the form of the player.
Alexis Sanchez has been underperforming ever since he joined Manchester United from Arsenal last year and it is more or less certain that the forward will be on his way out of the club during the summer transfer window.
Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku are the two players who are expected to start up front on Tuesday at the Camp Nou and there is a slight possibility that Sanchez is brought on late in the second leg if Solskjaer is planning to throw the kitchen sink at Barcelona.