Jose Mourinho has again claimed that Manchester United are treated differently to other clubs in the Premier League.
The Portuguese boss confirmed that Alexis Sanchez will not play again this year after picking up a hamstring problem in training on Thursday, but dispelled suggestions there are any disciplinary issues with the forward.
The 29-year-old has scored just four goals for United in 30 appearances and has found a regular first-team place hard to come by.
He was omitted from Tuesday’s Champions League win over Young Boys, prompting more speculation that he is heading for the Old Trafford exit in January.
A fact that Mourinho picked up on at Carrington on Friday ahead of Saturday’s trip to Southampton.
“The first thing I can say is that in every club, when a player is not playing it is a simple manager’s decision. In our club when a player does not play it is always because of the player is not behaving and has disciplinary issues,” said Mourinho.
“Of course that is not the case again.
“He has an important injury, I don’t want to risk by saying for how long he will be out but from the top of my experience I would say he is not playing this year.”
He moved north from Arsenal in the January transfer window as part of a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan but his impact has been limited and now he is awaiting a scan to define the full extent of his injury
“No scans yet,” added Mourinho. “But the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is and also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened I know it’s going to be for a long time.
“It’s not the little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready, is for me and also for Alexis, the feelings before the scans is that the grade is different than the Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one so I think Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury.”
Rumours of Sanchez leaving in January have intensified over the last few months and yesterday the Daily Mirror claimed Sanchez’s relationship with Jose Mourinho was at breaking point after the Chilean did not make the bench against Young Boys.
That snub is reported to have strengthened the former Arsenal star’s determination to quit Old Trafford after less than a year, as he fears he has no future at Old Trafford under Mourinho.
Sanchez, who is on wages in excess of £500,000-a-week, has told pals he wants to quit Manchester and has set his heart on a move to star-studded French champions PSG, according to the Daily Mirror.
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