Former midfielder Paul Ince has claimed that Alexis Sanchez could still become a key player at Manchester United.
After a disappointing 18-month spell at Old Trafford, Sanchez was allowed to link up with Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal last summer.
Despite the Chile international being nothing more than a squad player at San Siro, Ince feels that the attacker could still emerge as an important option in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's squad.
The Englishman told Paddy Power: "I wouldn't rule out Sanchez going back to United and being a key part of their team next season. Football is a funny old game.
"I've been in the situation as a manager where I've thought, 'right, I'm going to get rid of him and him', but when it comes to it you can't get the deal done, so they stay at the club.
"Then pre-season comes around and they're a totally different player to the season before, and they're your key man the next season. So Sanchez could definitely go back to United, look fantastic in training, and bang suddenly he's important to their plans after all."
The 31-year-old still has over two years remaining on his contract at United.