Man Utd chiefs make desperate financial decision as they prepare to offload Alexis Sanchez

Man Utd chiefs make desperate financial decision as they prepare to offload Alexis Sanchez

United have gone through a rollercoaster of a season, initially under Jose Mourinho before his dismissal allowed Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a crack at the whip.

And life started off brilliantly for the Norwegian, breaking the club record for away wins in a row while also knocking Paris St-Germain out of the Champions League.

But it was not long before Solskjaer’s bubble had burst and now seven defeats in nine reflects one of the worst periods of form for the Red Devils in decades.

Last night’s defeat to Manchester City only amplified the magnitude of the size of the job the former Cardiff manager has on his plate.

And it starts with this summer, where a number of big decisions will have to be made on the current playing squad.

One flop that Old Trafford officials are desperate to boot out of the exit door is Alexis Sanchez, who will undoubtedly go down as one of their worst purchases of all time.

This season the Chilean has scored twice while also on massive wages amounting to £400,000-a-week plus bonuses.

United chief Ed Woodward has reportedly admitted that signing the forward was a mistake, with his salary proving a problem in the squad.

David De Gea and Paul Pogba are just two of the players demanding pay parity with the former Arsenal star, and the likes of Ander Herrera, Marcus Rashford and Juan Mata have also enquired about getting a slice of the pie.

It has led to the club making a desperate decision in a bid to get Sanchez out, despite the huge cost it will bring.

The Sun report that United chiefs have set up an emergency fund and are scrambling for cash to pay the 30-year-old off.

An Old Trafford source told The Sun: “There’s a few players that want to go but they will need paying off to get them out.

“It won’t come cheap and it will affect certain things in the transfer market. There are plans already been put in place.

Sanchez came on off the bench in the Manchester derby last night but managed just one touch as City won 2-0 at Old Trafford.

Bernardo Silva and Leroy Sane netted for Pep Guardiola’s men to give them the initiative in the Premier League title race.