Paul Scholes Explains Why Manchester United Signed Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez reacts.

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Alexis Sanchez has had a spell to forget at Manchester United so far, but his recent cameo might have finally given the fans reason to believe that things are about to change.

In what was probably a must-win game for the club as well as Jose Mourinho, Sanchez came off the bench and scored a late header to ensure his side completed a dramatic comeback against Newcastle United.

With the final score reading 3-2 and Sanchez covering all the headlines, a few legends of the club had some things to say about the Chilean.

The 29-year-old has only managed 3 goals in his 18 Premier League appearances for the Red Devils, and while many question why he was signed from Arsenal to begin with, Paul Scholes believes he might have the answer.


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The legendary midfielder has given his theory on United’s January mega signing, and as is expected from him, it comes with brutal honesty.

The Englishman suggested that the no. 7 was nothing more than a panic buy from Mourinho, and the major reason behind it was not allowing him to go to Manchester City.


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On speaking about the same to ESPN, Scholes said: “I know he [Sanchez] has qualities and has been a good player but I never saw him as a United player.

“I saw him as a bit selfish, someone who played for himself sometimes. I didn’t think he was a player that we needed, especially for that type of money.”

He then emphasized on the problems in the team as he harshly admitted: “I feel like we could sign Lionel Messi at the moment and he’d struggle in this team.” Brutality with a pinch of truth.

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