Sanchez ‘expected better’ from Man United move

Dave Tickner

Alexis Sanchez has described a transfer he spent 18 months angling for as “abrupt” while admitting he “expected something better” from his move to Manchester United.

Sanchez’s desire to leave Arsenal was no secret, but he is yet to find his feet at Old Trafford with just one goal in his first 10 games for the Red Devils. Sanchez was benched for the weekend’s FA Cup win over Brighton.

With reports that Sanchez’s new team-mates are not entirely enamoured with their Chilean superstar and Henrikh Mkhitaryan starting to show some form after making the opposite move. it’s been a tough spell for Sanchez.

“As I am self-demanding, I expected something better,” said Sanchez.

“The change of club was something that was very abrupt – it was the first time I’ve changed clubs in January – but many things have happened in my life that are difficult.”

Sanchez’s struggles almost led to him pulling out of Chile’s squad for the friendlies against Sweden and Denmark.

“After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come here,” he said having joined up with the squad in Sweden.

“I had asked permission to miss these games, but then I thought better and spoke with Claudio [Bravo] and told him that we should all be united.