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Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session

first_imgAlexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session Alexis Sanchez has opened up on his failed stint at Manchester United (Getty Images)Alexis Sanchez admits he wanted to leave Manchester United and return to Arsenal after his first training session with the club.United surprisingly beat Manchester City in the race to sign Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018 but the Chile international, who was earning £560,000 a week during his time at Old Trafford, will go down as one of the most expensive failures in the club’s history.Sanchez was unable to make an impact for United and scored just five goals in 45 appearances before he was allowed to join Inter on loan last summer.Sanchez admits he was unhappy with the atmosphere in United’s squad under Jose Mourinho and believes that was a major factor behind his struggles at Old Trafford.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd the 31-year-old claims his was so dismayed following his arrival at United that he even floated the idea of returning to the Gunners to his family and agent.‘I want to tell you about my period at United, about many things that have been said which made me look bad,’ Sanchez said in a video on Instagram.‘Before going there, I had an agreement with Manchester City but it didn’t work out and I got the chance to join Manchester United. It was something nice for me, as a kid I liked the club a lot. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 4 Sep 2020 7:22 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link9.7kShares Advertisement Alexis Sanchez made the surprise move from Arsenal to Manchester United in January 2018 (Getty Images)‘I ended up signing without having a lot of information about what was happening with the move. During the first few days that I was with my new teammates, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.‘After the first training I had I realised many things. When I got home and I asked my family and my representative: “Can my contract be terminated and can I to return to Arsenal?”‘They were laughing about it but I really felt there were some bad things going on at the club which I did not like.‘We were not united as a team. The journalists would talk without knowing and I would get upset, even ex-players who did not know anything about how things were but they would blame me.‘But as player you need the team to be united, to be a family, and we weren’t. And you could see it on the pitch, but because they had to blame someone they would always blame me. Alexis Sanchez admits he was ‘upset’ after Jose Mourinho left him out of a squad (Getty Images)‘Sometimes I wouldn’t even play or I would only play for 20 or 30 minutes but it would always be my fault.‘Of course I know I could have played better and I didn’t, I got injured maybe because I wasn’t happy and it would affect the team, but according to them it was always my fault and I would feel bad. I wasn’t happy about the whole situation.’Sanchez also recalled the time when he was left out of the squad by Mourinho and gave a special mention to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for allowing him to join Inter on loan last season.‘There was a match against West Ham where I didn’t even get selected and that had never happened to me before, it made me really upset,’ said Sanchez.center_img View 8 comments Alexis Sanchez came close to winning the Europa League with Inter last season (UEFA via Getty Images)More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘I needed fresh air, and he said there was no problem with that and I left. I only have kind words to United for giving me the opportunity.‘I’m upset that things didn’t go the way I wanted. If the team was more united and we were more like a family, if everything was more positive, I think we could have achieved better things.‘I’m saying all of this because I have learned from this as a player and as a person.‘Thanks again to United and I am sad because I would’ve liked to win trophies and make the fans happy.’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Alexis Sanchez thanked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer for letting him join Inter (AFP via Getty Images)‘I couldn’t understand how I had gone from being one of the best players in Premier League five months ago to not even playing.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘After that, I got home, I was really upset and sad, and the next day I did a double training session. That’s how I am and I try to do my best and football is what I love.‘The next season we got a new coach [Solskjaer], I spoke with him and I told him that I needed the opportunity to leave and Inter was as an option. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Watford boss Quique Sanchez-Flores fires warning to Jose Holebas

first_img Press Association Watford manager Quique Sanchez-Flores has thrown Jose Holebas’ future into further doubt by warning the player he needs to improve if he wants to be their first-choice left-back. Holebas was a £1.8million summer signing from Roma, where his form had kept Ashley Cole on the periphery, and was expected to feature heavily in Sanchez-Flores’ first team this season. He has been limited to only three appearances so far, however, due to competition from the impressive Ikechi Anya and Nathan Ake. And amid reports that he will leave the club in January, his manager has demanded more from the defender. center_img “Holebas needs to improve,” said Sanchez-Flores of the Greece international. “I chose him in the first match because he was the left-back but his performances have not been enough to keep him in the first XI, so it’s very easy for me. It’s not enough. “He needs to train more and train better and have a better understanding of everything. “Holebas is waiting, fighting and trying to play in the first XI. I like the players to fight to come back to the first XI. “Maybe when he arrived he thought it would be easy to play for Watford but the level of the Watford team is high. “He is fighting with Anya, fighting with Ake and the competition is high in this position.” Another reasonably high-profile summer recruit, Alessandro Diamanti, also arrived from from Serie A and is yet to play as much as had been expected, but Sanchez-Flores has insisted he has no concerns about the Italian and that he is simply focused on improving his conditioning for the Premier League. “I had the conversation two weeks ago with him,” he said. “He’s experienced, he’s working hard, but his physical level is not enough at the moment. He didn’t do pre-season, which is very important – in this age it’s essential. “He’s a good player, he’s good technically and he’s going to help us during the season, but at the moment he’s not ready for the first XI.” last_img read more

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first_imgThe keynote address at next month’s second annual Micheael O’Cleirigh Summer School in Rossnowlagh will remember Brother Paschal Williamson.Franciscan Brother, Paschal Williamson, who was buried in Rossnowlagh, Co. Donegal, yesterdayPhoto: James Connolly / PicSell8This was announced by School chairperson Brian McAuley at a formal launch of the School in the Sandhouse Hotel, Rossnowlagh, on Friday, April 10.Principal speaker on The Saints of South Donegal will be Pádraig Ó Riain, Emeritus Professor of Early and Medieval Irish at University College, Cork, and author of a Dictionary of Irish Saints. The organising committee decided that his address will be The Brother Paschal Williamson Memorial lecture, in honour of a man who over his lifetime promoted the values and ideals that Micheal O’Cleirigh exemplified as leader of the Four Masters.They produced the all‐encompassing annals of the Kingdom of Ireland between 1632 and 1636.Brother Paschal, who died in 2009 aged 87, worked for more than half a century in the service of the Franciscan Order, all of it in Rossnowlagh.He championed the Irish language and Irish dancing, and was a founder‐organiser of Feis na gCeithre Maistri held annually between 1959 and the early 1990s at the friary in Rossnowlagh. He would have been an enthusiastic promoter of the O’Cleirigh Summer School. Mr McAuley also revealed that the School will be officially opened by Mr Joe McHugh, Minister of State at the Department of Arts, Heritage and Gaeltacht, on the first evening of the three‐day event on May 15.One of the highlights of the School this year is a production of Dark Daughter by Rossnowlagh playwright Soinbhe LallyIt is a drama based on Lughaidh O Cleirigh and Inion Dubh. Lughaigh wrote about the life of Aodh Rua(Red Hugh) O’ Domnhaill. Inion Dubh was Aodh Rua’s mother.Maura Logue, director of Dark Daughter Productions, and Christian Carbin, who plays Lughaigh, mingled with the launch attendance.Information about the School can be found on www.mocleirigh.ie or by linking to Micheal O’Cleirigh on Facebook or on 087 444 5848. SUMMER SCHOOL TO REMEMBER BROTHER PASCHAL WILLIAMSON was last modified: April 10th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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