Manchester United fans were excited by Alexis Sanchez’s return from injury and first match under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and they weren’t let down.
The Chilean couldn’t start the clash against Newcastle but came off the bench to great effect, helping his side win 2-0.
Solskjaer brought on Sanchez and Romelu Lukaku after his side struggled to break down the home team and both players were instrumental.
The Belgian pounced on an error from Newcastle’s goalkeeper while the winger set Marcus Rashford up beautifully for the insurance goal.
Ole would’ve definitely have been delighted by both their performances and would’ve felt justified for bringing them onto the pitch.
Pogba wins the ball back. Great play between Rashford and Lukaku. Assist from Sanchez. Then you see the manager delighted on the sidelines. We’re a million miles away from what we were, aren’t we.
— Scott Patterson (@R_o_M) January 2, 2019
Really excited to see more of Sánchez when he gets regular minutes and match fitness. Very promising indeed.
— Liam Canning (@LiamPaulCanning) January 2, 2019
Who would ever have thought? Sanchez can still play.
— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) January 2, 2019
Lovely goal that. The pass from Sanchez was perfect and a calm finish from Rashford. Big fan of him just passing that in. Just lovely all round.
— Doc (@Doc_Joshi) January 2, 2019
OLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE MAGIC ONCE AGAIN. ALEXIS SANCHEZ ASSIST AND RASHFORD FINISHES IT OFF. LOVELY GOAL. 0-2!!!!!!
— Devils of United (@DevilsOfUnited) January 2, 2019
63’ – Lukaku and Sanchez on
64’ – Lukaku Goal
80’ – Sanchez Assist
Super sub. Super manager. What an impact. #mufc pic.twitter.com/9qQhtjDejQ
— United Xtra (@utdxtra) January 2, 2019
Alexis initially seemed to struggle after coming on as he failed to beat his man or hold onto the ball effectively but once the defining moment came, he didn’t falter.
After that the former Arsenal man seemed far more confident, even electing to selfishly attempt to net a goal himself rather than slip in a teammate late on.
Supporters will be hoping the substitute display was a sign of what’s to come and that Sanchez can become what he was meant to be- an important part of this United side.