Ole Gunnar Solskjaer threatens to banish Alexis Sanchez to reserve

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is prepared to relegate Alexis Sanchez to Manchester United’s reserves if he fails to secure a move away from Old Trafford, according to reports.

The Chile international has failed to impress since joining from Arsenal 19 months ago and his agent has already held talks with Inter over a potential transfer earlier this summer.

But the main stumbling block has been Sanchez’s wages as he is earning a basic £400,000-a-week which is topped up by various bonuses, including a £75,000 appearance fee.

According to The Sun, Solskjaer is ‘desperate’ for Sanchez to quit United and the United manager has made no plans which centre around the 30-year-old.

The report also claims that Solskjaer has not been a fan of Sanchez since he took over from Jose Mourinho as United manager in December.

On Tuesday, it was also revealed that Sanchez was involved in a bust-up with Mason Greenwood during a United training session as he was unhappy with a tackle from the 17-year-old.

Sanchez was left out of United’s 4-0 victory over Chelsea on Sunday as he continues to build up his fitness after featuring for Chile at the Copa America earlier this summer.

The forward has played in a behind-closed-doors friendly against Blackburn Rovers earlier this month but Solskjaer has admitted his fitness levels are behind the rest of United’s squad. ‘Alexis has come in and trained well,’ Solskjaer said last week.

‘He’s four or five weeks behind the boys and has not played apart from the one behind closed doors here, so I think he’ll see this as an opportunity as well to make his mark. ‘I do expect him to stay, there’s a striker there we think is going to be able to score some goals.’

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