OGunnar Solskjaer has told Alexis Sanchez and his team-mates that Manchester United can not afford to carry players if they want to stop the club's refusal.

The manager has made it clear that United's rebuilding phase at the top of the English game will be a long-term project after the Champions League run on Wednesday was emphatically ended by Barcelona.

Solskjaer was increasingly frustrated with how his team's performance has declined over the past six weeks. United lost five of seven games as he prepared to travel to Everton on Sunday.

He plans to cut his squad over the summer. Sanchez's long-term future is in the air after 15 months in Old Trafford.

The Chilean striker scored only two goals throughout the season and started in all competitions only five games since Solskjaer took over on 19 December at Old Trafford, initially as interim coach.

Sanchez, who has been hampered by injuries since his joining United in January 2018, may prove difficult to discharge as he has a contract worth more than £ 400,000 per week by 2022, when bonuses are paid.

However, Solskjaer will not allow passengers in a team he has made clear to fitter and work harder to avoid repeating the next 20-point gap that opens up between them and the Premier League leaders.

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