Jose Mourinho has revealed that he thought Alexis Sanchez seemed like a “sad man” during the winger’s stay at Manchester United.
Sanchez, who was signed by Mourinho in January 2018 from Arsenal, has struggled to settle at Old Trafford and was loaned out to Inter Milan earlier this summer after being frozen out of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
Speaking to The Telegraph about his relationship with Sanchez at United, Mourinho – who was replaced by Solskjaer in March – added that it was a shame the Chilean failed to produce his best following his move from the Gunners.
“Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man,” the Portuguese said. “And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level.
“And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him. As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach.
“But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player.”
Sanchez reunited with Belgian international Romelu Lukaku upon his move to Inter, the striker leaving United for a fee that could rise to £74m.
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