Report: Alexis Sanchez Wants Out, Jose Mourinho Relationship at 'Breaking Point'

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2018

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 24:  Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Crystal Palace at Old Trafford on November 24, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Alexis Sanchez is reportedly determined to leave Manchester United because his relationship with manager Jose Mourinho is "at breaking point" after he was left out of the squad for Tuesday's victory over Young Boys in the UEFA Champions League.

According to John Cross in the Mirror, the Chile international has told friends he wants out of Old Trafford and has "set his heart" on a switch to Paris Saint-Germain less than a year on from joining United.

Sanchez, 29, moved to United from Arsenal back in January in a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 27:  Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United applauds the crowd after the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdo
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At the time, it looked to be something of a coup for United, as Manchester City had also been heavily linked with the former Barcelona man.

In the ensuing 10 months, though, it has become apparent that the Sky Blues may have dodged a bullet in failing to sign Sanchez.

The previously prolific forward has looked a shadow of his former self in 2018.

In 122 Premier League appearances for Arsenal, Sanchez netted 60 goals. He has just three in 22 outings for United.

And he has started only five times for the Red Devils in the English top flight this season, even with Romelu Lukaku enduring a lengthy barren spell:

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Paul Scholes gives an honest assessment of Romelu Lukaku's recent struggles... He's approaching 1,000 minutes without a goal for Man Utd 😳 https://t.co/dulPl76xik

Mourinho made it clear after United's last-gasp win against Young Boys that Sanchez had not been left out of the squad because of fitness issues:

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Jose: "Sanchez is not injured."

The Chilean already appeared to have a strained relationship with his manager, and his latest omission is only likely to have made things worse.

Many United fans will surely hope Sanchez can remain at the club and rediscover the form he showed at Arsenal and Barcelona because the Red Devils could do with a prolific goalscorer.

However, it would be no surprise if he were to depart Old Trafford in January to end a miserable year with United.