After a permanent move to Italy, the Chilean unloaded his former club
Alexis Sanchez has revealed that after his very first training session with the Red Devils, he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal.
The former attacker from Barcelona left the Emirates for Old Trafford in January 2018 but was struggling to impress for two seasons before being sent on loan to Inter last year.
Sanchez showed glimpses of his former self in Serie A during the 2019-20 campaign, and secured a permanent move to Milan in August.
Via a video posted on his Instagram, reflecting on his time in Manchester, the 31-year-old says he realized very soon that he wouldn’t enjoy his time with the club and hit out at the lack of unity of the squad during his time there.
“I came home after the first training session and asked my family and manager if I couldn’t break the contract and go back to Arsenal, something didn’t suit me, but I already agreed,” Sanchez said.
“Months went by and I kept feeling like that. Back then, we were not united as a team.
“Unknowingly, the journalists often talked and it hurt. Ex-players even talked and had no idea what was going on inside the club. And they did me a hurt.
Also, a player depends on the internal environment, that we must be a family. We weren’t like that and on the field it has been reflected. If someone was blamed, then they blamed me.
“I am doing self-criticism and should have been playing better. But I was still blamed, even though I was only for a couple of minutes.’
Ultimately, Sanchez made 45 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring just five times and adding nine assists – numbers that pale in comparison to the 80 goals he scored in 166 games with the Gunners.
Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has recently admitted that while at United, Sanchez clearly failed to play to his full potential.
“We wish him well and he is a top player we want to see playing his best football,” said Solskjaer.
“We didn’t see the best of him here for whatever reason, but he is a top professional and we wish him all the best.”
Former Red Devil Paul Scholes has not been so kind to the Chilean attacker in his farewell