Sanchez has just begun his first full season at Old Trafford after having signed for Mourinho’s side from Arsenal in the January transfer window.
The Chile international has made something of a slow start to his career at Manchester United, with most Red Devils fans likely to agree that he is yet to hit top gear for Manchester United.
Sanchez has been struggling with a minor injury in recent weeks, and Mourinho believes that the international break is going to give Sanchez the perfect opportunity to get himself in the best shape.
Speaking at a news conference before Manchester United’s trip to Burnley on Sunday, Mourinho said: “He’s committed, he’s focused, he works hard.
“I believe that he will improve.
“I didn’t ask [Alexis], I never ask players not to go [on international duty] and I never contact national teams for players not to go. It’s a personal thing between him and the national manager.
“At the same time, coming [back] from injury, he feels that for him it’s a much-needed two weeks in spite of his conditions to play against Burnley.
“He feels that, after that [the game at Turf Moor], he needs two weeks to put himself in good shape and, because of the friendly matches in Asia, they made the decision for his good and, in consequence our good, for him not to go.”
Manchester United are looking to establish themselves as one of the main contenders for the Premier League title this season as they bid to try and win a trophy in Mourinho’s third campaign in charge.
The Red Devils ended last season without any silverware after Manchester City ran away with the Premier League title and Chelsea FC beat them in the FA Cup final.
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