Alexis Sanchez has today opened up on a number of topics with regards to life at Old Trafford, following his difficult start to life in Manchester.
The story surrounding the future of Chilean international Sanchez was one of the talking points of last summer’s transfer window, with all of Bayern Munich, PSG, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City having expressed an interest in the 29-year-old.
A deadline day move to the Etihad to join up with former boss Pep Guardiola was labelled as ‘imminent’ by a number of outlets at the end of August, but, in the end, the transfer failed to materialise, mainly due to Arsenal’s inability to secure a deal for Monaco winger Thomas Lemar.
As a result, Sanchez was left with no choice but to stay put in North London, though it had still long been widely predicted that the South American would depart the Emirates, either in January for a nominal fee or for free in the summer upon the expiration of his contract.
Manchester City maintained their status as the leading contenders for his signature up until the middle of January, when Manchester United were also confirmed to have tabled an offer for Arsenal’s star man.
The emergence of the Red Devils surprisingly led City to abandon their pursuit altogether, with the Citizens having not been willing to match the financial package on the table from their fierce rivals.
This allowed United a clear run at Sanchez, with Ed Woodward and co. having secured a deal which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to the Emirates in exchange for the Chilean on the 22nd of January:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2018
However, Sanchez, who was viewed by most as a superb signing for United, has since majorly failed to live up to his billing at Old Trafford.
The Chilean attacker has been slated for his ineffective showings for the Red Devils, with Sanchez having reportedly managed to set records for giving the ball away more times than any other player in the history of the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League, all since moving to Manchester:
Fair play to Alexis Sanchez, he’s broken 3 records at Man Utd:
PL record for losing the ball more than any other player in a single game
FA Cup record for losing the ball more than any player in a single game
CL record for losing the ball more than any player in a single game
— Footy Humour (@FootyHumour) March 14, 2018
All told, the former Arsenal man racked up 3 goals and 3 assists in 18 outings across all competitions for United.
As such, speaking in an interview with ESPN earlier today, the Chilean dynamo was unsurprisingly questioned on his struggles on the pitch during the second half of last season, with a specific emphasis on how his understanding with his Red Devils teammates’ has improved over the summer:
“Today I am more comfortable. I am calm. My teammates have to be focused. I also have to. I depend on them. If they are well, me too.
“It’s [improving] positively, it goes better. I think it will be seen now in the games when we play with Paul, with Fred with Lukaku and with all the rest who are playing. There we will understand better which is the best way [to get the most out of the team].”
On new signing Fred and Andreas Pereira…
“The truth is that [Fred] impressed me a lot in his first game. It’s what the team lacked — someone who plays ‘jogo bonito,’ as they say in Brazil. And Andreas Pereira too. I think they are two players who have quality and they could help me a lot.”
However, while Sanchez was largely positive in discussing the addition of Fred this summer, overall, the South American has been left, similarly to the club’s fanbase, largely disappointed by the lack of arrivals at Old Trafford over the last couple of months:
“I would have liked that they had signed many more world-class players. But it’s the club’s decision.”
Finally, on his preferred position…
“Close to the goal to score. In general, I like to always be in contact with the ball.”