ALEXIS SANCHEZ celebrated extending his loan from Manchester United just hours earlier with a goal and two assists as Inter Milan destroyed Brescia 6-0.
But it was former Old Trafford team-mate Ashley Young who shone brightest – bagging a goal, an assist and a goal-line clearance himself to leave Inter tweeting: “Hey England you seeing this performance?”
Hey @England, you seeing this @youngy18 performance? 😉🏴#InterBrescia #FORZAINTER ⚫🔵 pic.twitter.com/pY3eQjeJco
United had agreed striker Sanchez, 31 and Roma loanee Chris Smalling, 30, could stay in Serie A on a busy day for their connections in Italy.
And former Spurs midfielder Christian Eriksen netted after coming on for Inter with former Old Trafford frontman Romelu Lukaku as Antonio Conte’s side strengthened their grip on third place.
Young, though, made the breakthrough, a fifth-minute volley from Sanchez’s cross.
Chilean Sanchez, who has largely disappointed in Milan as at Old Trafford, doubled Inter’s lead with a penalty after Ales Mateju fouled Victor Moses, who has had a mixed time on loan from Chelsea.
Danilo D’Ambrosio and Roberto Gagliardini scored headers either side of the break.
Then Eriksen poached Inter’s fifth at the second attempt on 83 minutes and fellow sub Antonio Candreva rounded off the rout.
Top scorer Lukaku, rejuvenated under Conte, failed to add to his 19 Serie A goals this season in the 22 minutes he was given.
But it is Sanchez who had most to gain from the romp – and did just that.
With his loan due to end last month, in-form United hardly wanted him back.
Instead, with the Serie A season lengthened due to the coronavirus lockdown, Sanchez will stay in Italy until the top-flight ends on August 2.
But it remains in doubt whether Sanchez and Smalling can then play for their loan clubs in the Europa League, which resumes on August 10.
United are also still in that competition, with a quarter-final place virtually booked following a 5-0 first-leg win over LASK before football action was temporarily halted.