Premier League

Alexis Sanchez: I was done with Man Utd after one day

The Chilean was desperate for a return to Arsenal right away, but ultimately stayed at Old Trafford for an unsuccessful spell

10:22am on Friday 4th September 2020
Martin Macdonald

Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he wanted to leave Manchester United after just one training session, while criticising the lack of unity within the squad.

In January of 2018, Sanchez was involved in a transfer which saw him move to Man Utd from Arsenal, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan moving in the other direction.

It didn't work out for either player, with Sanchez eventually moving to Inter on loan and then permanently, with Mkhitaryan doing the same with Roma.

Sanchez went on to make 45 appearances for United, but scored just five times.

His nightmare period at the club officially came to an end this summer when he left permanently for the San Siro.


Griezmann on Messi saga: 'It's between him and the club'

Can Liverpool go back-to-back? History says they can

Gareth Bale can still be great - but for who?

Ramos wants Clasico rival Messi to stay at Barcelona

The Chilean says that he knew right away things weren't right in Manchester.

"After the first training session I realised many things, I came home and asked my family and my manager if I could not break the contract and return to Arsenal, something did not fit me, but I had already signed," Sanchez said in a video Instagram post.

"Months passed and I kept feeling the same. We were not united as a team at that time.

"The journalists also spoke without knowing and it hurt. Former players also spoke and had no idea what was happening inside the club. And they hurt me.

"A player also depends on the Internal environment, that we need to be a family. We weren't like that, and it was reflected on the field. If someone had to be blamed, they blamed me.

Sanchez does concede, however, that he wasn't at his best with the Red Devils.

"I do self-criticise and should have played better. But I was always blamed, even if I played for a few minutes."

Man Utd ultimately paid off the remainder of Sanchez's contract which allowed him to leave for free and join Inter.

Latest news

European Golden Shoe

European Golden Shoe 2021/22: Lewandowski wins again as Mbappe grabs second

The Bayern striker has claimed glory in the award for a second straight year and some big name rivals were also prominent in the European golden boot race.

  • 2 months
European Assists King

European Assists King 2021/22: Mbappe and Muller share award as Messi makes podium

The PSG and Bayern forwards could not be separated in the creative standings as the club season reached its conclusion.

  • 2 months
Premier League

Premier League top scorers 2021/22: Salah and Son share Golden Boot, Ronaldo 3rd

The Liverpool and Tottenham stars have finished level in the final goalscoring standings for England's top flight this season.

  • 2 months
Premier League

Premier League Table: Manchester City beat Liverpool to title

Manchester City claimed the Premier League title on the final day of the season, edging Liverpool into second

  • 2 months

La Liga Table: Sevilla book Champions League qualification

Sevilla have booked their place in next season's Champions League after drawing 1-1 at Atletico Madrid on Sunday evening.

  • 2 months

How Chelsea and Liverpool could line up in FA Cup final

Chelsea's last chance at silverware comes in Saturday's FA Cup final while Liverpool are bidding for a historic quadruple

  • 2 months

Most read