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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer Optimistic Alexis Sanchez Can Help Man Utd Qualify for Champions League

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Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he is optimistic that Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez can help his side earn a Champions League spot ?for next season.

The former Barcelona forward - who made a brief cameo during Tuesday night's UCL match against his old club - has been sidelined with a knee injury for the last few weeks, but is now being backed by Solskjaer to help the Red Devils to a strong league finish.

For now, Solskjaer will have to put aside his UCL disappointment aside if he wants his team to play in the competition next season, and with Sanchez getting back to full fitness, perhaps the former ?Arsenal man can help push the Red Devils to a top four finish.

United struggled against an impressive Barcelona on Tuesday however, as goals from Lionel Messi and Philippe Coutinho condemned them to a quarter final Champions League exit.

As quoted by ?Manchester Evening News, Solskjaer spoke of Sanchez's return from injury and his substitute appearance on Monday, saying:  "Alexis has been injured now since March 1.

As well as a trip to Goodison Park this weekend, Solskjaer's side face title contenders Manchester City and fellow Champions League hopefuls Chelsea, during their end of season run-in.

?Romelu Lukaku ?Jesse Lingard ?Anthony Martial  under particular scrutiny, Solskjaer may look to the 30-year-old Chilean when his side ?Everton Despite his injury woes, Sanchez has made 17 league appearances  during the 2018/19 campaign  and the experience he has as a player may prove to be the spark United need during their tricky run in.
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