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Alexis Sanchez: I was left in the dark about lack of Man Utd game time

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:09, 3 September 2019

Alexis Sanchez says he doesn’t regret joining Manchester United but was frustrated by a lack of playing time.

The 30-year-old Chilean forward recently secured a season-long loan move to Inter Milan from Old Trafford.

He initially moved to the record 20-time English champions from Arsenal in January 2018 with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.

At the time Sanchez’s transfer was seen as a coup for the Red Devils who reportedly beat off competition from rivals Manchester City for his signature.

However, it didn’t prove to be a productive purchase with Sanchez failing to secure a regular starting berth and subsequently began to see a decline in performance.

A change of scenery could do Sanchez the world of good, and in retrospect, he says he wouldn’t have changed anything, but felt in the lurch regarding playing time.

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“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United,” he told BBC Sport.

“I’ve always said that. It’s the club that’s won the most in England. When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic – I was happy there – but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something.

“I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there. I think that I’m happy when I play for my national team.

“I was happy at Manchester United too, but I’ve always said to my friends: I want to play.

“If they would let me play I’ll do my best. Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game – and I didn’t know why.”

Sanchez’s plight at Old Trafford: Five key things to know…

  • Alexis Sanchez joined Man Utd from Arsenal in January 2018.
  • He would go on to make 45 appearances for the club, registering five goals and nine assists.
  • Man Utd boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was content to see him remain at Old Trafford.
  • Sanchez, though, moved to Inter Milan on a season-long loan.
  • He was an unused substitute in their recent 2-1 win at Cagliari.