Arsenal legend Ray Parlour has criticised Alexis Sanchez after the forward revealed he wanted to leave Manchester United after his first training session.
On Thursday Sanchez posted a video on Instagram explaining his version of events about what went wrong during his time at United.
‘I want to tell you about my period at United, about Manu things that were said and that made me look bad,’ said Sanchez (via Daily Mail).
‘I got the opportunity to go to United and it seemed temping to me. It was something nice for me, because, when I was a kid, I liked that club a lot.
‘I ended up signing without much information about what was happening in the move. The first days that I was with my colleagues, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive.
‘The first training I had I realised many things. I came home and I told my representative: ‘Can’t the contract be terminated and return to Arsenal?
‘They start laughing and I told them that something did not sit right with me. It (the contract) had already been signed.’
With such comments, he doesn’t even need to spell out mercenary because it’s so blatant. It warrants strong criticism from Parlour, who told talkSPORT: ‘You’ve got to give yourself a chance; it’s new surroundings and a different way of training than at Arsenal.
‘And it shouldn’t come down to wages, but he was on £560-000-a-week and he wants to leave straight away?! You’ve got to work hard.’
Parlour added: ‘How can you say, as a player, when you turn up to a club you want to leave the next day?
‘That’s not right. That mentality should not be in a footballer.
‘You should say, “it’s Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world, and I’ve got to fight for my position and make sure I try to perform like I did at Arsenal”.
‘It might be a different style of football, it might not suit him, but you’ve got to try and win the fans over, the players over — everybody over. And that is what he didn’t do.’
Sanchez’s comments only surprise me because of how terrible he’s made himself out to be.
Nobody wants a player like that in or around their dressing room. It’s no wonder he was one of the first players Solskjaer axed from the squad — happy to see him go out on loan, even if it meant we’d still have to pay a large portion of his wages.
He’s left the club in bitter fashion — revealing such version of events after joining Inter Milan. Shouldn’t be move on? The less said about his time at Old Trafford the better.
Mason Greenwood came into the squad and outshone the experienced Chilean, who arrived at United as a superstar, only to flop.