Ex Manchester United forward, Alexis Sanchez, has opened up on his torrid time as a Red Devil, after leaving Arsenal.
The Chilean star admitted to have made a mistake not seeking information on affairs at the club before joining Manchester.
“I accepted the opportunity to go to United, it felt tempting and it was something good for me, I liked this club a lot when I was a kid. Eventually I signed but I didn’t ask for information on what was happening inside the club.” – Sanchez said, with quotes on his Instagram Video from SkySports.
Alexis Sanchez was a celebrated attacker for Arsenal in the Premier League. He realised he had made a mistake leaving the Gunners after his first training session at Carrington.
“Sometimes there are things that you don’t realise until you get there, and I remember the first training session I had, I realised a lot of things.
“After the session I got home and I told my family and my agent ‘can you not rip up the contract to go back to Arsenal?’. They laughed, I told them there’s something that doesn’t sit right, it doesn’t seem good.
But I already signed, I was already there. After the first few months I carried on having the same feeling. We weren’t united as a team in that moment.”
However, there was a tweet from Sanchez on December 21, 2018 claiming that they were a united team.
This is FALSE!!!. José gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him. We are a truly United team. We are MANCHESTER UNITED. Respect. I can’t wait to help the team !. Good luck tomorrow family! pic.twitter.com/9uhXqd5iEU
— Alexis Sánchez (@Alexis_Sanchez) December 21, 2018
He decided to come clean with his version of events after unconfirmed reports were written about his time at United.
“They said it was my fault, and this, and that, but sometimes a player depends on the environment, the family that is created around him, and I think that in that moment we weren’t really a family.
And that translated onto the pitch, and since there needed to be someone to blame, they blamed me.
I remember a game against West Ham, I wasn’t picked and that never happened during my career,” he added.
“That changed a lot, it really bothered me and that day I told myself that it couldn’t be possible to go from one of the best players in the Premier League to that in the space of five months.
That bothered me a little, I got home and I was very sad for what happened, the next day I put in a double training session – as I’ve always been, I demand the best from myself in my job, I love what I do, I like football a lot.”
In contrast to his 80 goals and 45 assists in 166 appearances for Arsenal, Alexis Sanchez scored just five (5) goals in 45 games for Manchester United, before he was sent out on loan to Serie A side, Inter Milan — where he spent the 2019/2020 season, with United taking care of his wages.
Inter saw enough to offer the 31 year-old a three years contract after securing a free transfer from Man United.