Mourinho: Why Sanchez Wanted Man Utd Move
Jose Mourinho: Why Alexis Sanchez Wanted Manchester United Move
Jose Mourinho has revealed one of the key reasons why Alexis Sanchez decided to ditch Arsenal for Manchester United.
The Chile international, who is expected to make his first appearance for the Red Devils in the UEFA Champions League on Wednesday, completed his move to Old Trafford in the January transfer window.
Mourinho believes the Chilean’s frustration at Arsenal's failure to qualify for the Champions League last season was a key factor in his decision to leave the London-based club.
"It is true that we have a new player, Alexis Sanchez, and we could have waited for the transfer market in the summer but we decided to go now in the transfer market," Mourinho said, as quoted by FourFourTwo.
"We felt we needed him. Manchester United in the Champions League is quite a big thing, Alexis came with all his efforts to play on the Champions League stage.
"We know it has been hard for me as a coach to motivate my players for a competition we didn't want to play (the Europa League). But because we won it we got to qualify for the Champions League so motivation is always there - we always want to play against the best teams.
"So Alexis wanted to come to a team to play in the Champions League."
The 29-year-old has made five appearances for the English giants this season, scoring one goal and assisting in a further two more.
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