Alexis Sanchez is desperate to leave Manchester United to win trophies

Alexis Sanchez – the key questions: Why does he want to quit Manchester United after less than a year? Which teams would try to buy him? And how would he get £350,000 a week elsewhere?

  • Alexis Sanchez is determined to leave Manchester United after being dropped
  • His form has been disappointing since he arrived from Arsenal last January
  • Sanchez wants to leave in order to challenge for honours with another club
  • He is frustrated by Jose Mourinho’s tactics and the pair do not get along well
  • Chilean could get a fresh start under a new boss but he would like to join PSG

Mike Keegan For Mailonline

When Manchester United sneaked ahead of rivals City to secure the services of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in January, many viewed it as a masterstroke. 

As the year anniversary approaches it now looks a little different. The playmaker’s exclusion from Jose Mourinho’s squad to face Young Boys saw the Chilean’s miserable time at Old Trafford plumb new depths. 

Here, Sportsmail’s Mike Keegan answers seven questions surrounding the troubling situation with United’s not-so magnificent seven.

Alexis Sanchez (centre) is desperate to quit Manchester United after less than a year

Alexis Sanchez (centre) is desperate to quit Manchester United after less than a year

How has it got to this stage? 

There were murmurs on United’s pre-season US Tour that all was not well and this is beginning to look like a move that was doomed from the off. 

Three goals in 18 appearances before the summer break was hardly the impact United were looking for after splashing the cash to grab the former Gunner from under City’s noses ahead of the summer, when he could have moved on a free. 

This season has been even worse, with just one goal so far as Jose Mourinho’s side have endured a laboured start. This was not what Sanchez was expecting.

Sanchez's only goal this season arrived late in a dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle last month

Sanchez’s only goal this season arrived late in a dramatic 3-2 win over Newcastle last month

Why does he want to leave? 

Simple. At 29 – 30 next month – he wants to be playing for a club who are challenging for honours. 

Sources at Carrington say the Chilean feels his should be the first name on the team sheet and that is a big ask at an outfit like United. 

At Arsenal, the world revolved around Sanchez and it is safe to say that has not been the case in Manchester. 

Sanchez will know he has maybe three years left at the top of his game and spending those as a bit-part player for United is not part of the plan.

Sanchez has got used to a place on the bench and was not in the squad against Young Boys

Sanchez has got used to a place on the bench and was not in the squad against Young Boys

What is his relationship like with Mourinho? 

Not great. Again, sources at Carrington say that Sanchez is not the type of player who will keep an opinion to himself if he thinks it needs to be out there. When your manager is Jose Mourinho, that kind of attitude is brave bordering on reckless. 

Those same sources say there is a frustration over the tactics used by the manager, particularly after the derby defeat. They also wonder if the player is nagged by the feeling that he should have gone to the other Manchester club. 

Others would say that, rather than Paul Pogba, Sanchez is the source for much of the dressing room angst.

Ex-Arsenal man Sanchez does not enjoy a great relationship with his manager, Jose Mourinho

Ex-Arsenal man Sanchez does not enjoy a great relationship with his manager, Jose Mourinho

And his team-mates? 

While it is dangerous to read too much into things you see on social media, it was interesting to see an Instagram post from Ander Herrera earlier this week, showing him and his pals enjoying a post-training coffee. They included Juan Mata and David de Gea, but not fellow Spanish speaker Sanchez. 

It may have no deeper meaning, but that willingness to voice an opinion is at odds with others in the dressing room who feel that the manager deserves their backing.

Sanchez was nowhere to be seen as Ander Herrera, David de Gea and Juan Mata relaxed

Sanchez was nowhere to be seen as Ander Herrera, David de Gea and Juan Mata relaxed

Would United happily let him go? 

If you are not making the bench for a Champions League fixture and the manager says you are not injured then it would appear that your services are not required. 

Much depends on what lies ahead for Mourinho. Ed Woodward will feel he went the extra mile to deliver Sanchez early and will not want to see him head down the same route as Angel di Maria. 

Should things decline further under the Portuguese, and should what many feel is an inevitable end arrive, then Sanchez may get a second chance under a new man.

United beat rivals Manchester City to the signing of Sanchez but he has failed to deliver so far

United beat rivals Manchester City to the signing of Sanchez but he has failed to deliver so far

Will he ever get the same wages as he’s on at United? 

Very, very debatable. Sanchez is picking up £350,000 a week at United and his form has hardly justified such an amount. 

While they have not shed any tears over missing out on his signature at City, there would be little appetite – should United be willing to sell – in opening the blue door for a second time.

Where could he go?

Much of this depends on his own willingness to accept a drop in wages. If he refuses to do so then the options are limited. 

Paris Saint-Germain is the dream destination but whether there is a real interest across the Channel remains to be seen. 

Should he be open to a pay cut then many routes open. Sanchez remains a gifted player. 

 



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