Sanchez is on around £500,000 a week, which is almost as much as SB Nation pay Brent Maximin for his superb works as editor of the website. However, unlike Maximin, Sanchez has failed to deliver world class quality for the past year and a bit.
Instead, Sanchez has struggled with form, injury, and kicking the ball to another player on his team. That led him to be dropped from the first choice eleven for many of manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s games last season.
There have been reports of interest from Serie A, with suggestions that United were prepared to pay half of his wages to facilitate a loan move to Italian side Roma, and AC Milan and Juventus have also been linked with the 30-year-old Chilean forward. However, Sanchez is reportedly keen to stay at United.
In public, at least, Solskjaer told the press that he was content for him to stay at the club and would see plenty of action this season.
He squawked: “Alexis is such a professional and he comes in working every single day, really hard.
“He wants to be a part of this and of course, these stories he’s been put in the reserves - of course he hasn’t.
“He’s part of our squad and he’s a really good player. He’s had three weeks now, so he’s a few weeks behind the rest, but 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.
“We’ve had a behind closed doors game and he’s training. He’s doing a little bit extra and he’ll be gradually integrated into more and more playing time.
“But we’ll have more behind closed doors games, because with one game a week now it’s hard to keep everyone ticking. We’re arranging a few of them.”
United are set to take on Wolves at the weekend without Sanchez, regardless of whether he stays at the club beyond Friday.