Jose Mourinho Says Alexis Sanchez Was a 'Sad Man' at Manchester United

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistSeptember 13, 2019

HUDDERSFIELD, ENGLAND - MAY 05: Alexis Sanchez of Manchester United looks on during the Premier League match between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United at John Smith's Stadium on May 05, 2019 in Huddersfield, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images)
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Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he felt Alexis Sanchez was a "sad man" during his time at the club.

Sanchez arrived at United in January 2018 but left on loan to Inter Milan this summer after a difficult spell at Old Trafford.

Mourinho spoke to the Telegraph's Sam Wallace (h/t Goal) and said:

"Sanchez…I felt him [to be] not a happy man. And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level. And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him.

"As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach. But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], 'a sad man.' So probably in Italy he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player."

The 30-year-old spoke of his desire to be happy after joining Inter:

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After a strong three-year spell with Barcelona in which he won La Liga and the Copa del Rey, Sanchez took his game to new heights upon joining Arsenal in 2014, plundering 80 goals and 45 assists in 166 appearances.

He has declined significantly in recent years, though, as his goal tallies have demonstrated:

In 18 months with United, he made 45 appearances, scoring just five goals, of which three came in the Premier League.

The Chilean's record with the Red Devils has been the subject of some unfavourable comparisons of late, including these from football writers Richard Jolly and Sam Pilger:

      

Sanchez has perhaps suffered some burnout after playing international tournaments with Chile every summer from 2014 to 2017, giving him little time to recover between domestic seasons.

A return to Italy, where he played with Udinese prior to joining Barca, could help him revive his career with a fresh start at Inter Milan, where it will fall on manager Antonio Conte to get the best out of him. 

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