Alexis Sanchez scored on his return to Arsenal in a 3-1 victory for Manchester United in the fourth round of the FA Cup.

Manchester United midfielder Ander Herrera is expecting Alexis Sanchez to produce his best once again in 2019 after a difficult first year at Old Trafford.

Paul Pogba could captain Manchester United in the future, caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insisted.

Former Cardiff City manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is praying for some positive news surrounding missing striker Emiliano Sala.

The Argentine forward, who became Cardiff's record signing last week after agreeing a move from Nantes in Ligue 1, was aboard a plane that disappeared on its way to the Welsh capital on Monday.

Thursday saw the start of a third day of searching for the missing aircraft and Guernsey Police confirmed that efforts have been resumed using a Channel Islands Air Search plane.

Manchester United interim boss Solskjaer, who managed Cardiff for a brief spell in 2014, is hoping there will soon be some good news.

"It's tragic news and you know when you wake up you hope to read the news that there is some good news, but of course the more time that goes the less likely it is and it's just tragic for the boy and for the family, of course, and everyone involved and associated with [him]," the Norwegian told a media conference.

"It's just one of those things that you don't think is going to happen in 2019, so we just keep on hoping and praying that there will be some good news."


Alexis Sanchez will be involved for Manchester United against Arsenal and will "love it" if the home fans target him, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has said.

The 30-year-old has not featured since the 2-0 FA Cup third-round win over Reading at Old Trafford on January 5, in which he set up Romelu Lukaku for United's second goal.

Solskjaer says the forward will play some part in the fourth-round clash with the Gunners on Friday at Emirates Stadium, where he spent four years before moving to United as part of a swap deal involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan last January.

United's caretaker boss has been impressed with Sanchez's application in training and thinks any booing from the Arsenal fans will only spur him on.

"He'll be involved. I think he'll love it if the crowd turn against him. As a player, pride kicks in and you think, 'I'll show all of you'," Solskjaer told MUTV.

"He's been fantastic in training. His attitude has been spot on, so, hopefully, he'll enjoy the game.

"We have a very good and talented squad. There are players there that need to play and have the quality to play. There will be one or two changes, definitely."

Solskjaer confirmed Chris Smalling, who has resumed training this week, will miss the match along with Marouane Fellaini and Marcos Rojo, but United could have Luke Shaw available after the full-back missed the 2-1 Premier League win over Brighton and Hove Albion last week through illness.

The former Red Devils forward is relishing the prospect of facing Arsenal in a cup clash, having played for United at a time when the rivalry between Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger's respective sides was at its fiercest.

"It's fantastic. That's the one fierce rivalry that, on a football basis, in my years when I played, it was always been the two of us," he told a news conference.

"They were the closest rivals. They win the double, we win the treble, they win the next near and the games against them were just fantastic.

"With the French connection they had – [Thierry] Henry, [Patrick] Vieira, [Robert] Pires, [Emmanuel] Petit – they were just great games you were looking forward to. But I met them a couple of times in the FA Cup as well, so, hopefully, I think I've got better statistics."

Solskjaer expects opposite number Unai Emery to spring a tactical surprise or two, having suffered a 3-0 defeat to the Spaniard's Sevilla side in the Europa League three years ago with Molde.

"Obviously, Arsene and the gaffer were the two longest-serving managers in my era and they were fantastic, like an institution in their club," he said.

"It's going to take time, but Unai, I think they beat us when he had Sevilla, they beat Molde, so I've had the pleasure of meeting him before and I think they've made a very good signing there. 

"He's tactically very good. He's got loads of different tactics to come up with."

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is optimistic that David de Gea and Anthony Martial will sign new contracts with the club.

Goalkeeper De Gea and forward Martial are believed to have been in negotiations over long-term extensions for some weeks, with United having already activated options to extend their deals until the end of next season.

Youngster Scott McTominay signed a new deal this week, but the likes of Juan Mata, Ander Herrera and Ashley Young will see their contracts expire at the end of 2018-19 and there has yet to be any word of fresh terms for the experienced trio.

However, Solskjaer believes there will be a positive update over the next few weeks.

"I think the club's making progress," he told a news conference. "But I leave that to the right people to do that.

"I don't really know how far we are [from agreements], I'm away from it, but hopefully we can have some good news in the coming weeks."

United take on Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round at Emirates Stadium on Friday, with Solskjaer looking for an eighth win in a row since taking over from Jose Mourinho in December.

Centre-back Eric Bailly could be involved against a team who reportedly are keen on signing him this month due to a mounting defensive injury crisis.

Solskjaer, though, dismissed the rumours as mere speculation.

"I'm not surprised if they do [want him], to put it that way, but that's just one of those things," he said. "There's always speculation and it's not a big surprise."

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer believes Marcus Rashford can emulate Cristiano Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, backing the Manchester United sensation to become "absolutely top class".

Alexis Sanchez said Manchester United are flourishing in attack and defence thanks to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, though he insisted the players are the same with the caretaker manager as they were with Jose Mourinho.

Marcus Rashford could be considered the Premier League's best striker while Harry Kane is out injured, according to Manchester United's interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Mauricio Pochettino refused to entertain talk of a tactical battle with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, although he felt Tottenham outplayed Manchester United in Sunday's 1-0 defeat.

Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba felt Jose Mourinho's system and tactics made it "really difficult" for him to flourish before the Portuguese's sacking.

David de Gea saluted caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for the return of "the real Manchester United" and bringing "happiness" back into their play following Sunday's 1-0 win at Tottenham.

Manchester United caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said Alexis Sanchez has a "new lease of life" as the Chilean forward tries to rediscover his best form at Old Trafford.

They will meet at Wembley on Sunday but 20 years ago Mauricio Pochettino was watching Ole Gunnar Solskjaer perform Champions League miracles for Manchester United at Camp Nou.

Paul Pogba has hit form for Manchester United under caretaker manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

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