24 Jan 19
The Scottish Sun
ALEXIS SANCHEZ will be thrown in to his first return to Arsenal since his controversial move to Manchester United – with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer hoping he gets targeted for abuse from the fans.
Solskjaer is planning to unleash Chilean forward Sanchez on his former club hoping he will feed off the boos to inspire United to a place in the fifth round of the FA Cup.
Alexis Sanchez will be unleashed on his former club Arsenal in his first return to the Emirates since joining United
The 30-year-old has not been back to the Emirates since forcing a move away from Arsenal 12 months ago to sign a £505,000-a-week contract at Old Trafford.
Sanchez had turned from a crowd favourite to a mercenary in the eyes of the Gunners supporters and Solskjaer is banking on them venting their feelings on Friday night.
The United boss said: “He’ll be involved. I think he’ll love it if the crowd turn against him.
“As a player, pride kicks in and you think ‘I’ll show all of you’.
Sanchez goes back to North London for the first time since leaving and Solskjaer is hoping he gets plenty of abuse
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes the rivalry between United and Arsenal is the fiercest he experienced
“He’s been fantastic in training, his attitude has been spot on so hopefully he’ll enjoy the game.”
Sanchez has been forced to wait for his opportunities under Solskjaer having been injured when the Norwegian first took control following the sacking of Jose Mourinho in December.
He has made just one start since then, the third round win over Reading, and Solskjaer is looking for him to make a statement with a big display.
United travel to London on the back of seven straight wins under their interim manager while Arsenal go into the match buoyed by their 2-0 win over rivals Chelsea last week.
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And Solskjaer is relishing in the opportunity to lead the Red Devils against a side who were his main rivals while he was a player.
He added: “That’s the one fierce rivalry on a football basis on my years between the two of us, always the closest rivals, they win the trouble, we win the treble, and the games were just fantastic.
“We had a great team they had a v good team,
“I think I just scored once against David Seaman, but the French connection they had, Henry, Vieira, Pires, Petit, I met them a couple of times in the FA Cup.
“I think I won two semi-finals but we lost 2-0 at home once in a year, there were some tackles flying in between the two teams.
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