Inter Milan forward Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he asked his agent if he could leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his first training session at the club.
United had signed Sanchez in 2018 after he scored 80 goals in 3-and-half years at Arsenal, but he failed to reach the same form at Old Trafford.
In a video posted on his Instagram page, the Chile international told his side of the story about the unsuccessful move which saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan head in the opposite direction.
“I accepted the opportunity to go to United, it felt tempting and it was something good for me, I liked this club a lot when I was a kid. Eventually I signed but I didn’t ask for information on what was happening inside the club,” Sanchez told his followers.
“Sometimes there are things that you don’t realise until you get there, and I remember the first training session I had, I realised a lot of things.
“After the session I got home and I told my family and my agent ‘can you not rip up the contract to go back to Arsenal?’. They laughed, I told them there’s something that doesn’t sit right, and it doesn’t seem good,” he said.
“But I already signed, I was already there. After the first few months I carried on having the same feeling, we weren’t united as a team in that moment. I’m telling you my experience, the journalists at times would speak without knowing the facts and it hurt, they had no idea what was going on inside the club.
“They said it was my fault, and this, and that, but sometimes a player depends on the environment, the family that is created around him, and I think that in that moment we weren’t really a family,” he added.
The 31-year-old went on to play 45 matches and scored five goals under both Jose Mourinho and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
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By Ofhani Munyai