Mourinho makes prediction about Alexis Sanchez
Jose Mourinho is confident that Alexis Sanchez will be a key player for Manchester United in the coming season, despite his struggles in the last campaign.
The Chilean forward scored just three goals in 18 appearances last season after moving to Old Trafford from Arsenal in a January swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan .
Given his poor form, many were left questioning United’s need for the 29-year-old in their squad at all given that they already possess the likes of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial.
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But Chile’s failure to qualify for the World Cup has meant that Sanchez has enjoyed his first summer off in nine years – something United’s official website felt the need to point out recently .
And his manager thinks he’ll benefit from being able to start the campaign with his team.
"It is not easy to come in the middle of the season,” Mourinho told ESPN FC .
“I’m not a big fan of the winter market because the players are coming in the middle of the season and it is not easy for them to adapt.
“So I think after a few months with us, now to start the season I think it is a perfect moment for him to establish himself as an important player for us.”
Sanchez played for 65 minutes of Sunday’s night’s goalless pre-season friendly draw against the San Jose Earthquakes in Santa Clara, and is in line to face AC Milan in United’s next warm-up game in Los Angeles on Thursday.
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