What ex-Man United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said about Alexis Sanchez in 2010

Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson saoid the Red Devils scouted Alexis Sanchez back in 2010

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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Former Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson Photo: The Sport Review

Alexis Sanchez is widely regarded as one of the Premier League’s top attacking players as he prepares for life at Manchester United in the wake of his transfer from Arsenal.

Sanchez signed for the Gunners from Barcelona back in the summer of 2014 and has earned huge amounts of praise for his performances for the north London side.

The 29-year-old is now heading to Old Trafford as part of the deal which will see Henrikh Mkhitaryan head to Arsenal.

Sanchez has been playing his football in Europe since signing for Udinese from Chilean side Cobreloa back in 2006, and he joined Barcelona back in 2011.

Ferguson was in charge of Manchester United until the summer of 2013 and he had some glowing words of praise for Sanchez before his move to Barcelona was confirmed in 2011.

According to the Daily Express, Ferguson said in 2010: “We have looked at Sanchez and he has impressed us, as have other players. He has had very good games and is an interesting project.

“We have gathered some background, as with other footballers at his level, but nothing more than this for the moment.

“We have watched some Chileans in the past. The most interesting case was that of Salas, who had a brilliant World Cup [at France ’98] but he was at Lazio.

“We would have liked to have had him.”

Manchester United are currently preparing for their fourth-round FA Cup clash against Yeovil Town on Friday night.

The Red Devils made it back to back wins in the Premier League on Saturday with a 1-0 victory over Burnley.

Jose Mourinho’s men are currently in second place in the Premier League table and 12 points behind leaders Manchester City after 24 games this season.

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