Alexis Sanchez Reveals The Changes Solskjaer Has Made Since Coming In

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez during the match.

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Prior to the game against Brighton, which Manchester United won 2-1, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had confirmed that Alexis Sanchez was fit again and available for team selection.

The Chilean will definitely be raring to go and make his mark in the Norwegian tactician’s renewed attacking setup, and the Red Devils’ upcoming FA Cup clash against his former club Arsenal seems like the perfect occasion to hit the ground running.

Ahead of Friday’s trip to the Emirates, Sanchez has spoken about the changes he has experienced since Jose Mourinho’s sacking, stating: “The players are the same with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as they were with Mourinho. But now we are having more ­success in attack and we are defending better.

“The fact he has so much ­history with this club opens the way a lot when he speaks. His philosophy is to touch the ball a lot, to control the game and to score goals.”

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The 30-year-old continued: “You can tell that his position on the field as a player was as a forward, but he still wants us to take good care of our penalty area too. That’s the way you get better results.

“The only thing the ­manager told us was that we could improve the situation ourselves. He said that everything depended on us and it was in our own hands to climb the table.

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“In the end, results in football make the difference and so we are happier than we were before. It’s not only on the pitch. In the stands, I see an even better atmosphere at Old Trafford. The fans trust us more and that’s very positive for ­everyone. It helps you to keep on ­improving.”

Lastly, Sanchez also shed light on the team’s aspirations as well as his personal goals for the campaign, as he added: “We’ve had a good run of results and now we have a key month ahead for our future.

“Our goal is to finish in the top four and, of course, to win trophies. But, first of all, my challenge is to be a starter, to play and to score goals. The games we are going to play over this time will decide a lot of our goals for the season, so we have to be ready.”