Jose Mourinho has lost patience with forward Alexis Sanchez and is prepared to offload the former Arsenal player after leaving him out entirely for Saturday's 3-1 defeat to West Ham.
Goals from Felipe Anderson and Marko Arnautovic either side of a Victor Lindelof own goal confirmed what was a humbling defeat for United, but one of the big questions in the minutes leading up to kick off surrounded the status of Sanchez - who was not named in the squad.
Alexis Sanchez is to Manchester United what Fernando Torres was to Chelsea.— 'Drawty' (@DrawtyDevil) September 22, 2018
And according to the Daily Star, Mourinho gave the short answer of "options, only options," when asked why the star was left out, suggesting he has fallen down the pecking order.
The same report goes further, stating that Mourinho and United will now actively look to offload the 29-year-old Chilean striker, who has been far from convincing since joining United in January.
Alexis Sánchez has now gone 831 minutes without scoring a Premier League goal.— Squawka Football (@Squawka) September 22, 2018
Can't catch a break. pic.twitter.com/Cg1WbDTOf0
The Evening Standard also believe Mourinho is tired of Sanchez's spluttering displays, with their report stating Mourinho has been "particularly incensed by the 29-year-old forward for his overall performance levels since the start of the season".
It is reported that Mourinho was so keen to make a point that he changed his side's system entirely to omit Sanchez, resulting in Anthony Martial playing up front and midfielder Scott McTominay dropping into defence.
Sanchez joined United after rejecting strong interest from rivals Manchester City, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to the Emirates in a straight swap deal, and was expected to offer a world class counterpoint to Romelu Lukaku.
If you look closely you can actually pinpoint the moment Alexis Sanchez loses the ability to score goals. pic.twitter.com/VBfaWw5qEE— Oscar (@Reunewal) September 22, 2018
His poor form has gone hand in hand with a dismal period for United, who sit 10th in the table having lost to Tottenham, Brighton, and most recently West Ham in their opening seven games of the season, leaving Mourinho under intense scrutiny.