Alexis Sanchez has spoken out about his time at Manchester United for the first time since joining Inter Milan on loan.
The Chilean, who joined from Arsenal in January 2018, has been nothing short of a disaster at Old Trafford and does not figure in the plans of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Having managed just two goals from 27 appearances last season, Sanchez completed a loan move to Inter last week, with United agreeing to subsidise a high portion of his wages at the San Siro.
Speaking to the BBC, Sanchez stressed that he did not regret joining United, but did point out certain elements which he found frustrating.
Alexis: “I’m very happy I went to United. It’s the club that won the most in England. I wanted to join them and win everything… but sometimes I'd play 60 minutes, then I wouldn't play the next game and I didn't know why.” #mufc [BBC] pic.twitter.com/iL6JLeKpQM
— The Peoples Person (@PeoplesPerson_) September 3, 2019
It will be genuinely intriguing to see how Sanchez fares at Inter Milan, to see whether whatever it is weighing the forward down – like a car going at 50mph with its handbrake still on – derives from United or something deeper, something more indelible.
To my mind, it is unlikely that we will see a sudden change. Sanchez, in a way, strikes one as similar to Wayne Rooney circa 2016 – a player who, over the years, has played so many games, ran so hard for everything, that his running is now blunted forever, not quite blessed with that same explosive zip.
For Sanchez, that zip, that crazy turn of pace and direction at close quarters (remember the goal he scored against United in 2015?), was everything to his game. Now that this appears to have gone, what remains?