It’s fair to say Alexis Sanchez’s time at Manchester United has not gone to plan.
The Times claim Sanchez is fed up with life at Old Trafford and they’ve put it down to three factors.
Citing the same report, The Express has identified those three reasons. They involve his break-up with long-term partner Mayte Rodriguez, not getting on with his teammates and not being in favour of Jose Mourinho’s management style.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that he’s unhappy at United, but the timing is strange given the Chile international has been handed a fresh opportunity in the side as a centre-forward.
That would suggest Mourinho is still keen to make the Sanchez transfer a success.
Sanchez played as a centre-forward at times for Arsenal, so it’s not a completely new role for the Chilean. He offers more mobility up top than Romelu Lukaku and would be an adequate option for Mourinho going forward.
However, Mourinho has an issue if Sanchez doesn’t want to be at United. If the report is to be believed, the player sounds unwilling to fix his situation at United.
There are few benefits to keeping a player who wants to leave, therefore, it would be best for both parties if the club help him achieve that a switch in January or next summer.
To say his time at United has been disappointing would be an understatement. Mourinho has not got the best out of Sanchez, but it looks bad on the player if he can’t be arsed about improving relationships with his teammates.
It’s very rare you hear stories about this bunch of United players not getting on.
United face Premier League champions at the Etihad on Sunday. Sanchez is expected to start a third consecutive game for the Reds, with Lukaku only returning to the squad from injury.