Nemanja Matic hailed the character of Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez after he scored on his return to Arsenal. Sanchez opened the scoring against his former club as United won their eighth game in a row under interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to maintain his winning start.
Jesse Lingard added a second with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang reducing the arrears, only for substitute Anthony Martial to wrap up a comfortable 3-1 victory and secure United’s place in round five of the FA Cup.
Sanchez has struggled since leaving Arsenal for Old Trafford a year ago and his well-taken goal was just his fifth for the Red Devils.
Solskjaer believes it can be the springboard the Chile international needs to kick-start his career and Matic, too, insists Sanchez’s work ethic means he will come good again. “Alexis has great character,” Matic said after the win.
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“He works every training session at 100 per cent and I’m happy for him because when you work like that, in the game, you can’t play bad so he is doing very well. He helps the team and today, he scored. “He is a great guy. I’m happy for him because he must understand he is a very important player for us.”