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Sanchez struggled to find his form at United (Picture: Getty Images)

Chile manager Reinaldo Rueda has admitted Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez suffered a ‘tortuous’ time during his debut season at Old Trafford.

The 31-year-old made the switch from Arsenal to the Red Devils in 2018 and has failed to live up to his £30million transfer fee and astronomical £400k-per-week wages.

Before being shipped out to Inter Milan on a season-long loan at the start of this campaign, Sanchez scored just three goals in 32 Premier League appearances but his struggles weren’t confined to the pitch.

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The South American forward’s international coach Rueda told Diario Sport: ‘It’s been a traumatic year for him, very tortuous, even after his departure from Arsenal, his first year in Manchester.’

Sanchez’s fortunes started turn to around during his spell in Serie A, before the league season was postponed over the coronavirus pandemic.

But an ankle injury suffered while playing for his country in October threatened to ruin the Chile international’s loan move.

Sanchez was a completely different player for Arsenal (Picture: Getty Images)

Rueda added: ‘He came to the Copa America in Brazil and then he was very unlucky to get injured in Alicante in a friendly against Colombia. It almost frustrated his loan to Inter.

‘Once he had recovered, the [coronavirus] pandemic happened. I hope it [coronavirus] passes fast because he is a great professional.

‘He has a great training culture and he will maintain a high level at any club that can give him an opportunity. He has a lot of football yet to show at the top level.’

Given the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus, former Gunners star Paul Merson believes United boss Ole Gunnar Solskaer could do a lot worse than holding onto Sanchez this summer, he told Sky Sports: ‘With what’s currently going on, I can’t see a team going out and spending £100m on a player anymore.

‘Teams are going to have to stick with what they’ve got so Manchester United keeping hold of Alexis Sanchez and bringing him back into the fold would come as no surprise.

‘The other options would be to go and find a replacement and they would have to spend £60m or £70m to do it. I just don’t think clubs are going to do that anymore, and actually, I don’t think people care.’

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