Alexis Sanchez needs regular match action either at Manchester United or elsewhere, says Chile great Ivan Zamorano.Sanchez left Arsenal for United in January 2018 but has struggled to find his best form at Old Trafford, starting just nine Premier League games last season and scoring once.The 30-year-old has continued to score for Chile, though, netting twice so far at the Copa America, yet Zamorano believes the rust from his club campaign has still been evident in the wins over Japan and Ecuador. Article continues below Editors’ Picks ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar Emery out of jail – for now – as brilliant Pepe papers over Arsenal’s cracks What is Manchester United’s ownership situation and how would Kevin Glazer’s sale of shares affect the club? And the former Chile star wants Sanchez, who has been linked with Juventus, to be a starter wherever he begins next term.”What’s best for [Sanchez] is to play – wherever he can, be it at Manchester United or any other team,” Zamorano told Omnisport.”The important thing is for him to be constantly competing. I talk from my experience. Sometimes when you’re abroad and you’re not playing, it is hard to regain the level.”We’ve seen it. Alexis hasn’t played in Manchester for a long time, but the second he puts on the Chilean shirt, he’s different. That’s what we like.”No matter how you are doing at your team, we hope at the moment you put on the Chilean shirt you give your best, and that’s what Alexis is doing.”I’m very happy to see him regaining his level and to see him being a vital part of Chile, being a protagonist in South America again.”Sanchez was set to be assessed for an ankle injury ahead of Monday’s clash against Uruguay, with Chile having already sealed their progression out of Group C.Man Utd have already brought in Daniel James from Swansea after the 21-year-old impressed with his pace in wide areas for the Championship side last season.James will provide extra competition for Sanchez next term with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said to be keen to reshape his squad with young players. Senior players Romelu Lukaku and Paul Pogba could to depart Old Trafford this summer, with Ander Herrera having already departed following the expiration of his contract.James could get his first competitive opportunity for the Red Devils in their opening Premier League game against Chelsea on August 11.
Against the backdrop of this week’s 15th International AIDS Conference in the Thai capital, the Secretary-General and the Prime Minister discussed the outcome of that event as well as the response to the pandemic.They also touched on Thailand’s support for Timor-Leste, the UN role in Iraq, Myanmar and the Thai-UN relationship, according to a UN spokesman.The Prime Minister then presented Mr. Annan with a report on his country’s efforts to meet and even exceed the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) set at a 2000 UN summit to reduce hunger and poverty, bring educational parity to boys and girls, fight diseases such as AIDS and improve the plight of slum dwellers, all by 2015.The Secretary-General hailed the report as “elegant testimony to Thailand’s remarkable success in reaching most, if not all, the MDG targets, well ahead of schedule.”During a press encounter that followed, the Secretary-General was asked about the appointment of Pakistani diplomat Ashraf Jehangir Qazi as his new Special Representative for Iraq.Mr. Annan said the UN had considered three excellent candidates – one each from India, Pakistan and Thailand. “It was a difficult choice, but I think we have selected the right man, who has experience with the region.”Asked about security in Iraq, he said, “We don’t live in a risk-free environment, but the risk has to be managed.”Earlier Tuesday, the Secretary-General discussed AIDS during two television interviews. Speaking to Phoenix China TV, he said of those with the disease, “Whether they are drug users, whether they are prostitutes, whether they are homosexuals, they are human beings and their problems should be a concern to you and me.”Later Mr. Annan was asked by the BBC about whether policies should focus on abstinence or condom use. “I think it’s a false debate. Frankly, you need both,” he replied.