Alexis Sanchez reveals he asked to rejoin Arsenal after his first Manchester United training session
Alexis 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. 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. Advertisement
Aston Villa striker Christian Benteke is set to miss the rest of the season after suffering an Achilles tendon injury in training, Press Association Sport understands. The extent of the injury was not immediately apparent and Benteke was not noted as a doubt by boss Paul Lambert during his regular Thursday afternoon press conference. Benteke is Villa’s top scorer this season with 11 goals, despite initially struggling to recapture the form which made him so highly prized in his debut Premier League season last year. The 23-year-old had once again found himself increasingly linked with a move away from Villa Park this summer but such talk is also set to be put on hold until the extent of his injury becomes apparent. Press Association The Belgium international is set to undergo a scan later on Thursday night but his place in this summer’s World Cup finals appears to be in serious doubt. Benteke is believed to have suffered the injury during training ahead of Villa’s Barclays Premier League clash with Fulham on Saturday.
The game demonstrated the team’s high potential in future Pac-12 play. Defeating Berkeley proves further improvement from the team’s lopsided 72-40 loss against Washington on Jan. 5, as Thursday’s team 50% shooting clip was on par with the 57.4% performance at UCLA last week. Besides turnovers — USC committed 14 to Cal’s 10 — the Trojans dominated the stat sheet. Senior forward Nick Rakocevic and freshman forward Onyeka Okongwu accounted for 13 of the team’s 39 defensive rebounds, and USC finished with 45 boards in total. Senior guard Jonah Mathews (left) and redshirt senior guard Daniel Utomi (right) combined for 36 points on 7-11 3-point shooting in USC’s blowout victory over Cal at Galen Center Thursday night. (Sarah Ko | Daily Trojan) The Trojans received strong contributions all down the lineup, as sophomore guard Elijah Weaver racked up 8 points off the bench, and freshman small forward Max Agbonkpolo contributed 7 points in just eight minutes of play. The Trojans will stay at home for the weekend to face Stanford Saturday at 3:30 p.m. Stanford is the only team ahead of the Trojans in the Pac-12 standings, and USC will have to continue its offensive production to hand the Cardinal their first conference loss. In its first game back at Galen Center since December, the USC men’s basketball team took care of business with a dominant 88-56 win against Cal Thursday. Now at 3-1 in conference play, the Trojans have improved to 14-3 overall on the season and have extended their winning streak against the Bears to five games. A staggering 61% 3-point shooting night allowed the Trojans to finish with the second-most points they’ve scored in a game all season. Mathews led both teams with 19 points on the night, knocking in 3 of 5 from beyond the arc and contributing to the team’s 75% 3-point percentage in the first half. USC also collected 21 assists, aiding its offensive productivity. And although the Trojans struggled at times in the paint, the team’s ball movement is an indicator of its growing cohesiveness and rhythm. “It’s also a new team, new personalities, so we’re all just coming together really tight,” Mathews said. “It’s chemistry. Knowing where we’re going to be at helps and finding open shots and knocking them down.” USC expanded its lead in the second half, pulling ahead by 20 with 11 minutes left and never looking back. “[Utomi] had two really good games. [He] played great against UCLA [and] played great tonight,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “He’s a very solid basketball player on both ends.” Redshirt senior Daniel Utomi has proven to be a key player in the Trojans’ recent success, and he showed it again Thursday. Building off last week’s 13-point performance at UCLA, Utomi went 6 for 9 in the field, finishing with 17 points and seven rebounds while knocking down 4 of 6 3-pointers. The Trojans ran a tight defense in the first half, blocking the Bears from inside the arc and allowing only 7 points through the first eight minutes of play. Berkeley’s star sophomore guard Matt Bradley still provided an offensive threat with 11 points in the half, but USC’s defense held Bradley, the reigning Pac-12 Player of the Week, to just 13 points by the end of the game. “If you hold him under his average, like we did tonight, that’s all you can ask for on a day-to-day basis,” senior guard Jonah Mathews said. “You’re not going to lock anyone to zero especially at this Pac-12 level, so holding them under average is the main thing every night and we’ve been having to do that the last couple of games.” The Bears finished with just 28.