Manchester United is delighted to announce the signing of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal in a deal that sees the Armenian midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan move in the opposite direction.
Speaking about his transfer, Alexis Sanchez said: “I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world. I have spent three-and-a-half wonderful years at Arsenal and I bring with me very positive memories of that great club and its fans. The chance to play in this historic stadium and to work with Jose Mourinho was something I could not turn down. I am very proud to be the first Chilean player ever to play for United’s first team and I hope I can show our fans all around the world why the club wanted to bring me here.”
Jose Mourinho commented: “Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players. He will bring his ambition, drive and personality, qualities that make a Manchester United player and a player that makes the team stronger and the supporters proud of their club dimension and prestige.
“I would like to wish Henrikh all the success and happiness that I am sure he is going to get. He is a player that we will not forget, especially for his contribution to our Europa League victory.”
Exactly the type of player we need top quality and experienced, can play across the front line and bangs them in for fun. Will be interesting to see where Mourinho deploys him, I think off the right in a free role is probably the best bet but we shall see. Proper no.7 on our hands.
“Since I was a young boy I've always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United and I'm not just saying it because I'm here now and today it's come true. I always said as a kid that I'd like to play for Manchester United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for about 20 minutes and I told him it was my dream to play for Manchester United"
"I believe that at his club, it's possible to achieve everything and I want to come here and win everything"
Having previously worked in Italy, Spain and England at the same time as Alexis, Mourinho knows his new capture “very, very well”. “I saw him play on the right, on the left, as a striker and behind the striker, he said. “I saw him play in different tactical systems, I saw him successful in every country in every position. He becomes more than a player because of that multi-functionality. I say he can play in four different positions."
If that’s the case then we might not see him again this season.
I thought he’d been Mourinho’d like everyone else and Ole would be able to work his magic but it’s not been the case. He has been poor and disappointing but it’s not like he can’t be arsed or his heart isn’t in it, works his socks off and tries his best but it’s just not happening which is a real shame.
Not sure what the future holds, whether we can move him on or he wants to move on, either way he has lost something and needs to adapt his game. Against the Saints he was still dropping off and coming towards the ball, then trying to take people on and proceeding to lose it. I still think has the capability to finish so just get yourself in the box and let the young’uns do the hard yards turning defenders inside out but it’s not in his nature and I think he might be too stubborn to change.
I don’t think the club will force him on Ole and given the team spirit we’ve shown I don’t see him/his wage being that big of an issue in the dressing room which has been suggested. Get well soon.