Alexis Sanchez has spoken about his failed move to Manchester United from Arsenal in 2018.
The Chilean had admitted that he asked his agent if he could return to Arsenal after his first training session at Old Trafford.
Sanchez posted a video on Instagram on Thursday night to tell his side of the story:
“I accepted the opportunity to go to United, it felt tempting and it was something good for me, I liked this club a lot when I was a kid. Eventually I signed but I didn’t ask for information on what was happening inside the club.”
“Sometimes there are things that you don’t realise until you get there, and I remember the first training session I had, I realised a lot of things.
“After the session I got home and I told my family and my agent ‘can you not rip up the contract to go back to Arsenal?’. They laughed, I told them there’s something that doesn’t sit right, it doesn’t seem good.
“But I already signed, I was already there. After the first few months I carried on having the same feeling, we weren’t united as a team in that moment.”
Sanchez was one of the best players in Premier League while he was at Arsenal.
But after getting signed by Jose Mourinho who was United boss then in 2018, the Chilean’s top form dropped drastically as he scored only five goals in 45 appearances.
“I’m telling you my experience, the journalists at times would speak without knowing the facts and it hurt, they had no idea what was going on inside the club,” he added.
“They said it was my fault, and this, and that, but sometimes a player depends on the environment, the family that is created around him, and I think that in that moment we weren’t really a family.
“And that translated onto the pitch, and since there needed to be someone to blame, they blamed me.”
At first, Mourihno was optimistic about Sanchez for his first six months as a United player, starting him in most matches.
However, when Sanchez didn’t improved, he was dropped for the first time in his career for a Premier League match at West Ham.
“I remember a game against West Ham, I wasn’t picked and that never happened during my career,” he added.
“That changed a lot, it really bothered me and that day I told myself that it couldn’t be possible to go from one of the best players in the Premier League to that in the space of five months.
“That bothered me a little, I got home and I was very sad for what happened, the next day I put in a double training session – as I’ve always been, I demand the best from myself in my job, I love what I do, I like football a lot.”
Sanchez currently plays for Serie A side Inter Milan and has signed a new deal with the club after his initial six-month loan deal expired.