Monday 18 February 2019

Alexis Sanchez absent from Manchester United training ahead of Champions League clash with Juventus

Alexis Sanchez
Alexis Sanchez

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Alexis Sanchez was one of five Manchester United players to miss an open training session at Carrington ahead of their Champions League group stage clash with Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday.

Jesse Lingard, Marouane Fellaini, Phil Jones and Diogo Dalot are also uncertain to feature, but it is Sanchez's absence that will dominate discussion as speculation about his happiness at United amid a prolonged slump in form intensifies.

The Chile international, who has scored just three goals in 19 Premier League appearances for United, was left out of Jose Mourinho’s starting XI for Saturday's match against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, coming on for Marcus Rashford in the 85th minute as the two teams played out an entertaining 2-2 draw.

Mourinho afterwards explained that he decided to put Sanchez on the bench because the forward returned late from international duty with Chile, joining the rest of the squad in London rather than participating in training ahead of the match. It is not clear if he is injured.

Lingard is suffering from a groin injury that kept him out of United’s 3-1 defeat to West Ham earlier this month, while Fellaini was kept out of action for Belgium as a precaution during the international break as he deals with his own groin problem.

Jones was not in United’s match day squad at Stamford Bridge and nor was summer signing Dalot, who picked up a knock while with Portugal Under-21s.

United lie 10th in the Premier League and second behind Juventus in Champions League Group H, having won just one of their last six matches in all competitions.

Tuesday’s game will be Cristiano Ronaldo’s first visit to Old Trafford since swapping Real Madrid for Juventus in a deal worth £88.3 million in the summer.

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