Alexis Sanchez has flown out to Los Angeles to join his Manchester United teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States.
The Chile international missed the opening game of the tour after initially being denied a US visa. But the issue has now been resolved.
Jose Mourinho is keen for Sanchez to play in United’s next game against San Jose Earthquakes, which is to be played on Saturday the 21st. United’s World Cup players are yet to return to the club.
“There’s no [Romelu] Lukaku or [Marcus] Rashford here and probably not even for the start of the Premier League, so it’s about when Alexis lands and when he lands, he has to play,” Mourinho said.
“He trained with us for five days before we departed to Los Angeles and we left one fitness coach behind with him to keep training with him. Of course, it’s individual training but when he arrives, he has to play.”
Chile went from comfortably qualifying for the 2018 World Cup to missing out on the tournament altogether in the space of 90 minutes.
Despite maintaining a healthy lead at the 3rd/4th spots in South America’s 3-year-long World Cup qualifying stages, their 3-0 defeat to Brazil in their last outing meant an exit.
This gave Alexis Sanchez a free summer. He was slated to be part of United’s full pre-season campaign. But these visa troubles prevented him from playing a role in their first game.
The Chilean forward will need to be properly integrated into the Red Devils’ setup to maximize his impact. His lack of coordination with the rest of his teammates was a big reason why he was underwhelming for the most part following a switch to Old Trafford.