Robin van Persie has backed Alexis Sanchez to regain his best form for Manchester United, insisting the forward is ‘still the same great player’.
The Chilean has endured a nightmare spell at Old Trafford since his move from Arsenal in 2018.
And the 30-year-old could be on his way to Inter Milan on loan before the European transfer window shuts, with both United and the Serie A club holding extensive talks over a deal.
Inter are keen to sign the Chile international but they are not willing to pay half of his £400,000-a-week wages.
Sanchez has not featured in the Red Devils’ opening two fixtures this season and Van Persie believes the winger needs to find his trule happiness to get back to his best.
“Sanchez doesn’t look happy to me,” Van Persie told BTSport.com. “I can’t properly judge it because I am not working with him but when I see him play I rarely see him smiling.
“Of course, I get it: when you are playing you need to be serious and you want to win. ‘But after you score a goal you can smile, because that is the point of football.
“We all play football because we like it and if you like something you should smile.
“I think in the first couple of months after his move he was happy and he was playing well.
“Mentally he needs to find that happiness again because if you are happy then you are fitter, you want to create and you want to have fun.
“I don’t know if it’s the pressure. Pressure is something you can’t see or touch but he has to manage that in his head.
“He is still the same great player.
“He has it all: he’s fast, he can assist, he can dribble, and he can score.
“There is just a lot of negativity around him from fans and people who have opinions on social media. “Maybe it’s all become a little too much for him.
“He just needs to block it out, find his true happiness and just enjoy football.”
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