Alexis Sanchez Discusses Difficulties Since Signing For Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez wasn't a happy bunny during his later years at Arsenal. The side, who are still undergoing a period of instability, somehow managed to earn a place in the Champions League near on every season under Arsene Wenger.

However, heartless displays in the knockout stages from the North London side meant they hardly ever got past the first round, and Sanchez was frequently seen on the pitch after hapless defeats swinging his arms and punching the floor in frustration.

Sanchez, then one of Arsenal's biggest stars, seemingly wished to play for a European side that could actually make a credible challenge in the competition - maybe even win it.

In January, the Chile international finally got his wish.

It feels like United and Sanchez have had their pants pulled down over this transfer and here's our red arse compilation, talk about clutching at straws:

Jose Mourinho swooped in and brought Sanchez from the Gunners to Manchester United in exchange for Henrikh Mkhitaryan. It was a deal that made Sanchez the best-paid player in the Premier League.

The arrival of Sanchez reignited ideas that the Red Devils could well make a decent run the Champions League this year.

However, this has from far been the case; Sanchez has only scored once in his last ten games, and his new side was surprisingly knocked out of Europe to Sevilla, leaving Sanchez in the same predicament again despite making his much-wanted move.

But speaking in Sweden, via the Mirror, on Wednesday, while on international duty, a deflated Sanchez made some insightful and honest comments regarding his recent performances.

"Seeing as I demand a lot of myself, I expected something better," said Sanchez of his time so far at Man United.

"After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly."

Sanchez is big enough to admit things haven't gone right at United so far. Image: PA Images
Sanchez is big enough to admit things haven't gone right at United so far. Image: PA Images

The 29-year-old attacker admitted that his form has dropped so low that he had considered pulling out of his national side for their friendly in Sweden.

"I even hesitated to come here [Sweden]," stated Sanchez.

"I had asked permission to miss these games and stay in England, but then I thought better and spoke with Claudio [Bravo] and told him that we should all be united.

"The change of club was something that was very abrupt - it was the first time I've changed clubs in January - but many things have happened in my life that are difficult."

Sanchez also revealed that contrary to earlier reports he does have at least one friend at Old Trafford, talking about Zlatan Ibrahimovic he said, "I trained for a month and a half with Zlatan and his quality is impressive. We talk and we have a coffee together every day. It's sad he doesn't play for his country now."

Do you think Sanchez can make a revival at Man United? Let us know.

Words by Jacque Talbot.

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