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Alexis Sanchez was “a sad man” at Manchester United, says Jose Mourinho

Jose Mourinho Alexis Sanchez

The Portuguese manager signed the Chilean from Arsenal (opens in new tab) in January 2018, but he proved to be an expensive mistake and struggled to replicate the form he'd shown at the Emirates.

Sanchez left Manchester United (opens in new tab) this summer to join Inter Milan (opens in new tab) on loan, following in the footsteps of Romelu Lukaku, and Mourinho believes a change of scene could be the best thing for the 30-year-old.

“I felt him [to be] not a happy man,” Mourinho told the Telegraph. (opens in new tab)

“And I think in every job you have when you are not happy, it is not so easy to perform at every level.

“And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him.

"As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players, and other times you are not successful in that approach.

“But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy he will recover this.

“I hope he can. I always wish well to every player.”

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Alasdair Mackenzie is a freelance journalist based in Rome, and a FourFourTwo contributor since 2015. When not pulling on the FFT shirt, he can be found at Reuters, The Times and the i. An Italophile since growing up on a diet of Football Italia on Channel 4, he now counts himself among thousands of fans sharing a passion for Ross County and Lazio.