Money may not fix the ills of any sort, but it should be enough to gain a degree of dedication and perseverance from every soccer player on earth.
But one day at Manchester United, Alexis Sanchez discovered that he might have committed an error. He went into a club he didn’t like, and he reneged instead of trying to improve them from the inside.
“I realized a lot of things…”
Sanchez has been talking and has made some damning revelations about his time at United and says he regretted joining in the earlier stages.
“I accepted the opportunity to go to United, it felt tempting, and it was something good for me, I liked this club a lot when I was a kid. Eventually, I signed, but I didn’t ask for information on what was happening inside the club,” Sanchez said on Instagram on Friday.
“Sometimes there are things that you don’t realize until you get there, and I remember the first training session I had, I realized a lot of things.
“After the session, I got home, and I told my family and my agent, ‘can you not rip up the contract to go back to Arsenal?’. They laughed, I told them there’s something that doesn’t sit right, it doesn’t seem good.
“But I already signed, I was already there. After the first few months, I carried on having the same feeling, and we weren’t united as a team at that moment.” Sanchez said. Sanchez’s monologue on Instagram is meant to clarify that something went wrong, but there is a liability. He couldn’t connect with the team and couldn’t do anything. While United has managed to get his stagnant wages away from the books this summer, the expense of signing Sanchez is going to continue for the next few years in terms of how their outlook has changed.
Jose’s Role and United’s Dilemma
With this contract, United had their fingers burnt. Much of this is Sanchez’s buck-pass. He spoke of being “hurt” by the reporters’ critique and of taking a lot of responsibility for it, but what did he expect because he was already the club’s highest-paid player?
Jose Mourinho was also clearly influenced by him and did not accept the management of the Portuguese, another cross against the readiness of Sanchez to fit.
But maybe it will not always be to be branded as Sanchez is seeking to reclaim some of his credibility while justifying his time with Old Trafford. In the Chilean, there is still a good enough player. He is only 31, and in 32 games this season, he has earned four goals and nine assists for Inter Milan. He spent about 1,400 more minutes in Manchester United and only scored five goals and nine assists.
We now know that some of Sanchez’s suspicions about Carrington’s climate may have a reality behind them. The same coded remarks were made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when the conclusion of the 2018/19 season finished his lunar week unexpectedly. By then, Sanchez had already written on his wall, but even Solskjaer attacked his teammates’ behavior. After Everton’s 4-0 loss on Easter Sunday, he did not hold back with his attack. That could have been the moment in which the concerns of Solskjaer were understood regarding his future.
This was a shattered team without desire and motivation what a former great United like Solskjaer would not expect. Since then, the Norwegian has put great confidence in bringing harmony into his squad. Many players he considered a bad influence were thrown away, and their expertise was traded for youthful exuberance.
Solskjaer was happy to leave the striker for six months if it meant the first summer transfer window to sell Romelu Lukaku. A transition has taken place in the team within a very brief amount of time. As a unit, it looks more uniform. Players may still come and fall, but nobody has the ready-made arguments Sanchez had.
The former striker for Barcelona and Arsenal must bear much responsibility for the aspects in which his time in the club has become a tragedy. Still, the ethos of Solskjear has changed, which Sánchez thought imposed enough to condemn.