Alexis Sanchez did not have the best start to life at Manchester United after his January move from Arsenal. The Chilean bagged just three goals in the second half of last season for his new club, and struggled to fit into Jose Mourinho’s side, but after a summer without any international commitments, the former Udinese and Barcelona forward appears rested and ready for his first full campaign at Old Trafford.
However, Sanchez seemed to suggest that he wasn’t overly impressed with the club’s transfer business this summer. United have purchased Shakhtar Donetsk’s Fred, but of the three signings made by the club, only one is expected to be a regular first team option this season.
“We have to sign big players, with experience,” Sanchez said in an interview with Sky Sports. “Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.
“From what I’ve seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we’ll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game.
The truth is I’m very eager to get started with the new season, and I’m very motivated. I think when you go to a new club in the middle of a season it’s always hard. In the five or six months that I’ve been here, it was all about learning, new training methods, working with a new coach and getting to know my team-mates. I want to now show everyone what I know I can do and what I’m capable of and bring something to the team and performing for my team-mates.”