Chilean attacker and former Arsenal player, Alexis Sanchez maintains he doesn’t regret leaving the Gunners to sign for Manchester United, despite admitting that his limited playing time at the Old Trafford side prevented him from attaining the success he desired.
The 30-year-old recently signed for a revamped Inter Milan on a season-long loan deal. A £400,000 weekly wage ensured he was United’s highest paid player. Yet, he only managed 45 games in nineteen months, finding the back of the net a measly five times.
Arguably, Alexis enjoyed a better stint at the Emirates where he proved his heroics netting 80 goals in 166 appearances. He’d cost £30m to acquire from Barcelona, eventually earning a well-deserved PFA Players’ Players of the Year award in 2017.
In an interview with the British media he said, “I’m very happy I went to Manchester United.”
“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.”
Incidentally, his choice to join United coincided with a severe downturn in form. Two goals in 27 appearances for the Premier League giants last season never quite tell the story of his mercurial stature in the game.
In stark contrast, he impressed during Chile’s run to the Copa America semi-finals this summer, scoring twice.
Sanchez completed just 13 of the 31 games (of a possible 77) he started. He further lamented being given few opportunities to consolidate on his good form in games he started.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer made it obvious he had no plans for the Chilean, leaving him out of pre-season action and the first three English Premier League fixtures, citing injury picked up on international duty.
The Chilean maintains he felt “ready to play”after the Copa America, yet his desires seemed to fritter away into oblivion.