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Ole Gunnar Solskjaer challenges Lukaku and Sanchez “to do it for themselves”

Alexis Sanchez & Romelu Lukaku

Manchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has challenge striker Romelu Lukaka and Alexis Sanchez “to do it for themselves” on the pitch.

Lukaku, 25 and Sanchez, 30, have yet to feature for United in the first two games that the Norwegian has been in charge of.

The duo also appeared to have fallen out of favour with manager Jose Mourinho before his sacking.

Reports in the aftermath of Mourinho’s departure suggested that Sanchez had a £20,000 bet with United teammate Marcos Rojo that their boss would be sacked before the end of the season although the Chilean refuted these reports.

Sanchez last featured for Red Devils against Crystal Palace in November when he suffered a hamstring injury. Meanwhile, Lukaku, who cost the club over £75m returned to training just in time before United take on Bournemouth on Sunday in the Premier League.

“Romelu, Anthony [Martial] and Alexis they were light, light [training] yesterday so hopefully they can join part of the training today and let’s see after how they come through,” Solskjaer said on Friday.

Ole Gunner Solskjaer

Although Solskjaer has been credited for Paul Pogba’s return to former with the 2018 French world cup winner netting twice in their 3-1 win over Huddersfield at Old Trafford on Wednesday, he says he cannot do anything for their performance on the pitch.

“I cannot do anything for their performances on the pitch; Paul has done it,” Solskjaer said.

“I’m here to keep them on the path and it’s up to them when they get a chance – that’s the name of the game as a footballer.

“I gave some guidelines of course on expression, freedom of expression but that’s how I’ve always been as a manager – just enjoy playing for this club. That’s the best time of your life, but it’s not a bad time to be manager for a while.”

United won their first two league games since Solskjaer was appointed in an interim capacity until the end of the season.

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