Solskjaer: Alexis needed to go

English Premier League

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has explained why the club allowed Alexis Sanchez to join Inter Milan on a season-long loan.

After a disappointing season-and-a-half at Old Trafford, Sanchez completed a loan move to the Serie A outfit on Thursday evening.

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Sanchez will reunite former United striker Romelu Lukaku at the San Siro for the 2019/2020 campaign, and Solskjaer feels the move benefits everyone.

"Alexis needed to go, at the moment we know he’s been here for 18 months and it’s not really worked out for him. For him to restart and get himself playing regularly and scoring goals that will only benefit everyone. In the end, for us, we’re going to watch every weekend to see Romelu and Alexis playing together," the norwegian said.

"He will come good for them. For us, we had a decision to make, I'm trusting Anthony [Martial], Marcus [Rashford], Mason [Greenwood] to be our centre-forwards.

"We’ve got wingers in Chongy (Tahith Chong), Dan James, [Andreas] Pereira, we’ve loads of options. For me, it’s time for our boys to feel that pressure and responsibility, to be more robust, to know they have to play five games in a row.

"I trust the fitness staff and medical staff and the pre-season work. We’re mentally and physically more ready, that’s the next step for our young players."