Jose Mourinho: Alexis Sanchez is one of the best forwards in the world

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has expressed his delight at the signing of Alexis Sanchez, hailing the Chilean as one of the best attacking players in the world.

Manchester United announced the arrival of Sanchez on Monday, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to Arsenal in a straight swap deal.

The 54-year-old confirmed at his press conference on Thursday that Sanchez would travel with the squad for their fourth round FA Cup clash with Yeovil Town but whether he will start remains to be seen.

Mourinho added that Man United, in bringing the 29-year-old to Old Trafford, have secured one of the finest attacking talents in the world.

“You know, because he’s in England for quite a long time, I think everybody knows the player he is,” he said. “I think everybody knows what he did at Arsenal, I try not to speak what he did before in Spain and Italy but in the Premier League he has shown the quality he has.”

“We got one of the best attacking players in the world and he’s very important for us because we want the best possible players.”

When asked about where exactly Sanchez would play under him, Mourinho noted that he would use him across all attacking positions.

“Everywhere, in the attacking positions. I know him for many many years, I was with him in Italy at Udinese, in Spain, when he was at Barcelona, in England, when he was at Arsenal, so our careers are almost made in the same countries simultaneously, so I know him very very well.

“I saw him play on the right, on the left, as a striker and behind the striker, these are Alexis’ positions.

“I saw him play different tactical systems, different philosophies of different managers, I saw him successful in every country with every manager and every position so he’s a player that becomes more than a player because of that motivation, he can play in four different positions.”

Perhaps this conversation surrounding where Sanchez plays is actually moot. Throughout the campaign we have, at various times, called for a proper winger, a striker capable of sharing the load with Romelu Lukaku, and somebody who poses a dynamic threat in the No.10 role.

And what we have appeared to forget is that Sanchez, as he demonstrated at Arsenal, can fulfil all of these roles to an accomplished degree.

This is what is so special about Sanchez: he is essentially an ideal attacking factotum, a jack of all trades going forward who, above anything, just wants the ball at his feet.

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