Manchester United have a chance to open the title race when they face league leaders Arsenal on Sunday at the Emirates Stadium.
It will be an uphill struggle given the absence of Casemiro, who is disqualified for the collision after receiving his fifth yellow card of the season against Crystal Palace.
It has been a long time since United and Arsenal were in the race for the title, and this time the stakes are extremely high.
Sanchez shows his love for Arsenal
Both teams have their own media teams that overdo it with highlights of famous victories, making rounds on different social media platforms.
One of these posts from the Gunners tells about the formidable strike of Alexis Sanchez during a 3-0 victory over United in October 2015.
Alexis Sanchez on Instagram story, reacting to his goal in Arsenal’s home win over Manchester United in the 2015/16 season: “You will always be in my heart. You were my first family in England. And everyone took good care of me especially the fans!” [IG: alexis_officia1] #afc pic.twitter.com/hxbwkGilTK
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) January 21, 2023
The Chilean will go down in history as one of the worst acquisitions in United’s history. The striker scored a total of three goals in the Premier League during his two and a half years with the Red Devils.
And now he has created additional disagreements between himself and the United fan base by commenting on Arsenal’s post and saying that they are his “first family.”
“You remembered me. I’ll never forget you either. You will always be in my heart. You were my first family in England and everyone took good care of me, especially the fans! Good luck to all, gunners!!”, — wrote a clearly emotional Sanchez.
One of United’s worst acquisitions
His move to United caused controversy as he followed in the footsteps of Robin van Persie and decided to leave Arsenal for United, although this move did not succeed even close to how Van Persie went.
As Sanchez later recalled, he wanted to leave United after one training session.
“Sometimes there are things that you don’t realize until you get there, and I remember the first workout I had, I realized a lot.
“After training, I came home and said to my family and my agent, ‘Can’t you break your contract and go back to Arsenal?’. They laughed, I told them something was wrong, it didn’t seem good.
“But I’ve already signed, I’ve already been there. After the first few months, I still have the same feeling, at that moment we were not a cohesive team.”