Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has stated that he will welcome back Alexis Sanchez for the trip to West Ham, where a point will seal second place in the Premier League – as per the club’s official website.
After a lifeless performance against Brighton on Friday, Mourinho will be hoping that the reintroduction of Sanchez increases United’s attacking vigour against the Hammers.
Speaking before the trip to the London Stadium for United’s final away engagement of the current campaign, Mourinho said that Sanchez, along with England international defender Phil Jones, will return from injury.
He said: “In terms of injuries, it’s Lukaku and Fellaini. They are the two players who are not available for [Thursday]. Jones is back, Sanchez is back and there are no more problems.”
Sanchez started United’s most recent home league game, against Arsenal, but was ruled out of the trip to Brighton – which saw Mourinho’s men suffer a 1-0 defeat.
Both Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial got the nod against the Seagulls but both flattered to deceive; starved of meaningful service and unable to take their rare chances when they did come.
Rashford’s quality was lacking but Martial is beginning to bear the hallmarks of a man who knows he has slipped too far down the pecking order.
On the other hand, Sanchez’s recent performances against North London rivals Tottenham and Arsenal hinted at a man who has got into his groove at Old Trafford and if he can provide that again against another side from the capital in David Moyes’ Irons, Mourinho will be hopeful of securing the result he needs to clinch the runners-up spot.