Alexis Sanchez has finally spoken about his tumultuous move to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2018.
According to The Mirror, Sanchez told why he decided to move to United — a deal that was initially promising, but ended in complete failure.
The Chilean recalls that he originally planned to reunite with his former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola and join the blue half of Manchester before the deal eventually fell through.
“I was going to go to the City. Everything was ready, there was a player who was going to move to Arsenal.
“Then Arsene Wenger told me that you’re not leaving because another player didn’t want to come, and they don’t have another one,” Sanchez claims.
It was then that a phone call came from United boss Jose Mourinho, who warned Sanchez about the possibility of playing under him at Old Trafford.
“Suddenly the mobile phone rings. Mourinho tells me: “Alexis, here are (the number) seven available to you. We’re playing in the Champions League and we’re going to give it our all. I wanted to leave at that moment.
“That’s when I told myself that a Chilean footballer is playing for Manchester United, which has never happened. With the seven of Canton, Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo, and now with the Chilean, it was a dream,” says Sanchez.
The former Arsenal player insists that the move to United was not motivated by money, and says that he does not regret the move to United, despite the fact that he did not spend too much time at the club.
“It wasn’t about money, so everyone knows. It was the same with United and City. I don’t regret that I moved to United, everything happens for a reason.”
Sanchez’s poor form came as something of a surprise, given his brilliant form at Arsenal.
The South American scored only five goals in 45 matches and failed to win a single trophy in 18 months at United.
Since then, the Chilean spent a couple of seasons in Italy with Inter Milan before joining Marseille, where he is spending a decent season for the French club.