Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed he asked his agent whether he could leave Manchester United after just one training session at the Premier League club. Sanchez moved from Arsenal to United, then managed by Jose Mourinho, in 2018. But the Chile international endured a torrid spell at Old Trafford, scoring only five goals in 45 appearances.
Sanchez used to be loaned to Inter Milan for the 2019/20 season, a move he made permanent final month.
The 31-year-old has explained his side of the story in a video on Instagram, admitting he immediately had a naughty feeling approximately his switch to United.
“I ended up signing without much information approximately what used to be happening in the move,” Sanchez said.
“The first days that I used to be with my colleagues, once in a while there are things that you don’t realise until you arrive.
“The first training I had I realised many things. I came home and I told my representative: ‘Can’t the contract be terminated to go back to Arsenal?’
“They start laughing and I told them that something did not take a seat correct with me. It (the contract) had already been signed.”
Sanchez, who had scored 80 goals in 166 appearances for Arsenal, arrived at Old Trafford in the January transfer window with big expectations on his shoulders after fitting United’s top-earner.
He believes he used to be the scapegoat for United’s struggles under Mourinho.
“I’m telling you my experience, the journalists at times would speak without knowing the facts and it hurt — they had no idea what used to be going on within the club,” said Sanchez.
“They said it used to be my fault, and this, and that, but once in a while a player depends on the surroundings, the circle of relatives that is created around him, and I think that in that moment we weren’t actually a circle of relatives.
“And that translated onto the pitch, and since there had to be someone to blame, they blamed me.”
Sanchez reminisce about one moment at United when he used to be left out of the matchday squad by Mourinho for a game against West Ham in September 2018.
“In a game with West Ham I wasn’t picked,” he said. “That had never happened to me as a player. It bothered me and I said it couldn’t be conceivable.
“To go from being one of the crucial best in the Premier League to not playing in five months. I came to my house and I used to be very sad. Tomorrow I trained in a double shift, because I love what I do.”
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