Paul Merson has claimed that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has taken a huge gamble by showing interest in Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez.
The Red Devils are reportedly interested in the Chilean and are currently challenging fierce rivals Manchester City for his signature.
Sanchez’s contract ends in the summer but it appears that both Manchester clubs are unwilling to wait until then to sign him for free as they attempt to beat their competitors.
Foreign clubs are free to offer the talented winger a contract from now but English clubs must wait until later to sign him for free unless they bid for him in the current January transfer window.
With United reportedly ahead in the race though, Merson believes it was a mistake for Mourinho to get involved with City’s bid for the player.
According to Goal, Paul said to Sky Sports: “It’s a big gamble what Jose’s done with Alexis Sanchez, by going ‘I want Sanchez’ because if Sanchez chooses to go to Man City, that’s a real custard pie to Man United.
“He surely wouldn’t just say it for the sake of saying it, there’s got to be something going on. Man United, there’s no about it, are still the biggest football club by a million miles.
“But that would be a custard pie if Mourinho goes ’I want Sanchez’ and he goes ‘no, I’m going to go to Man City’.”
The pundit’s words are a little strange given that Jose never admitted interest in Alexis Sanchez despite him claiming so.
The Portuguese manager insisted on not speaking about other club’s players in his recent press conference but did say that the former Barcelona man was a talented player.
Although this will get Manchester United’s fans excited it’s not an open admission to wanting to buy Sanchez as Merson states.
It’s also a little strange for the former footballer to claim it would only be ‘custard pie’ on Jose Mourinho’s face despite the Citizens public interest in Alexis.
If the player decides to come to United instead it would be equally embarrassing for Pep Guardiola and his side with both teams taking a gamble.