Alexis Sanchez has revealed the reasons why he moved to Manchester United, despite having being linked with Manchester City for several months.
The Chilean’s swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan was completed on Monday evening after several weeks of negotiations, and speaking to MUTV, he revealed that he has always had a dream of moving to Old Trafford:
“Since I was a young lad I’ve always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I’m not just saying that because I’m here now and today it’s come true.
“I always said as a kid that I’d like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it. We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.
“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it’s a powerful club and the biggest in England.
“I’ve always been motivated by this club, by their red colours, which have always stood out for me and I’m genuinely saying this from the heart when I tell you that this is like a dream come true for me, playing for Manchester United. It makes me feel really happy.”
Despite some claiming that he has only moved to Manchester United for the money, our friends at Old Trafford Faithful have uncovered this old photo which shows he has always had a soft spot for the Red Devils.
This is an absolute gem of a photo. Only came to United for the money though 🤔 pic.twitter.com/yJIOFBJbFf
— OldTraffordFaithful (@OTFaithful) January 22, 2018
Sanchez has won two FA Cups during his time with Arsenal, and insists he wants to win the Premier League and Champions League at United and says he will be able to fit into Jose Mourinho’s side.
“I believe that at this club it’s possible to achieve anything.
“The badge says it all, it’s a huge club on a worldwide scale, and I want to come here and win everything: the Premier League, the Champions League, and whatever comes the club’s way in the future.
“I’m a player who likes to win everything. I’m very professional in everything I do. I live for football. I love football. It’s what I’m passionate about. I train hard every day and after a game I try to look at what went well and where I can improve.
“I really like to play down the left, through the middle but to tell you the truth, as long as I’m playing football, I’ll fit in anywhere.”
He could make his Manchester United debut against Yeovil Town in the FA Cup on Friday night.