Alexis Sanchez and Manchester United was a transfer tryst that almost no one could have predicted. The Chilean’s arrival from Arsenal via a loan move was hailed and most fans couldn’t contain their joy when the former Barcelona player donned the no.7 jersey.
The elusive replacement to Cristiano Ronaldo had been found, or so it seemed.
However, the duration for which he plied his trade at Old Trafford was disappointing, to say the least. The goals rarely came, and the creative intent was sporadic. When hope was shown through spirited movement on the pitch, injuries held back yet more progress.
As of such, very few supporters of the English side were disappointed to see him depart to Roma last week, in what is initially a loan move.
Speaking to the BBC, Sanchez reveals the reason for his exit: “I was happy at Manchester United too, but I’ve always said to my friends: I want to play. If they would let me play I’ll do my best. Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game – and I didn’t know why.”
In the weeks building up to his transfer, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer did indicate that Sanchez may be deployed as a striker to accommodate the lack of experienced attacking options in the roster.
It is immensely likely that Sanchez will taste success with Inter Milan this season. His time at United was a troubled one and came at the back of a relentless number of seasons played without rest for club and country.
To add to it, the enormous wages he made as a United player furthered the criticism levied at him. A memorable showing against Manchester City wherein his presence on the pitch for a few minutes made all the impact was arguably the best contribution he made as a Red Devil.