Manchester United will not allow Alexis Sanchez and Chris Smalling to play in the Europa League for Internazionale and AS Roma. The Red Devils have been in talks with the Italian sides over the past few weeks and have now made the decision to call the players back. Sky Sports report that both players will be expected back after the last game in the Serie A is played.
United want to sell both Sanchez and Smalling, while Inter and Roma would like to extend the loan into next season. While talks about the situation for next season have stalled, the two players must return to United after the final day of the Serie A season, scheduled for August 2. This automatically means that neither will be able to play in the final stages of the Europa League.
Roma are a possible semi-final opponent for United, while Inter could face Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side in the final should both teams progress through to the final on August 21. Smalling has made 34 appearances for Roma this season after he fell out of contention at Old Trafford under Solskjaer. Sanchez, who is considered a big flop at United, has been showing a good form in recent weeks for Inter. The Chilean has scored two goals and recorded seven assists since the restart of football in June.