Report: Alexis Sanchez wants to leave Man United

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This isn’t surprising given recent events, but Alexis Sanchez is apparently ready to quit Manchester United just 10 months after arriving from Arsenal.

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The highest-paid player in United’s history, Sanchez signed a four-and-a-half year deal worth over $650,000 per week in January after arriving in a swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

Sanchez, 29, was left out of United’s squad for the defeat at West Ham last weekend (despite traveling with the team to London) and per several reports in the UK he has called his agent Fernando Felicevich and is “weighing up his options” ahead of the January transfer window.

Per the Sun, Sanchez is frustrated with the role he has in the team under Jose Mourinho and is said to want to play in his preferred role on the left wing, rather than being on the right. He has yet to score in six outings this season for United and after a full preseason and a rest with no World Cup duty, this was supposed to be the season Sanchez took United’s offense by the scruff of the neck.

Yeah, that hasn’t happened.

Sanchez has scored just three goals in 24 appearances for United in all competitions since he arrived in January, and was hooked off in the second half of their dull 0-0 draw at home against Valencia in the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday.

If United did decide to sell Sanchez in January, how much would he be worth? No club would pay more than $50 million for him right now, and considering his wages of over $650,000 per week, who on earth is going to pay him anywhere near that amount? Nobody. That is the answer.

United are stuck with Sanchez and Sanchez is stuck with United. The best case scenario for the Chilean star is that Mourinho is fired in the coming months and he gets a fresh start at Old Trafford. With Paul Pogba and others said to be against Mourinho’s tactics and general man-management, hearing that Sanchez is ready to look elsewhere is not surprising.

Right now he isn’t firing on all cylinders and seems to be playing with no freedom and poise in the final third. Maybe that is down to what is being asked of him, but maybe his body language of being fed up means he isn’t listening and can’t really be bothered to play for Mourinho at United.

Mourinho has many “complaints” after Manchester United loss

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Jose Mourinho doesn’t have any answers right now.

The Manchester United boss was frustrated following Saturday’s 3-1 loss at West Ham United, and struggled to find reasons for his club’s moribund play.

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What did he not like? Seemingly everything.

“I can have complaints with quality and mental approach,” Mourinho said. “You have to try always and that is my nature as a football professional.”

When it rains, it pours, and Mourinho was quizzed on a number of his decisions in the game, including handing a rare start to Anthony Martial over struggling Alexis Sanchez.

“Look, for how many months people are asking for Martial and Alexis Sanchez is not playing well enough so this week it was time for me to agree so I picked Martial and left Alexis out.”

He was also asked about Paul Pogba, who started and was a peripheral figure in the loss after losing his vice captaincy and being left out of the squad in a home League Cup loss to Derby County. All Mourinho managed was, “He tried hard.”

Mourinho was also displeased with what he deemed one offside goal, an unlucky own goal, and a third goal in which he believed there was a West Ham foul in the build-up.

The last one, Mourinho said, was a murderous moment, coming a minute after Marcus Rashford had pulled United to 2-1.

“We had 20 minutes to try and change the game after we scored but we could not do it because our mentality was gone.”

It’s a top-to-bottom mess at Manchester United right now, and the club badly needs a rudder. Can Mourinho be that piece, or is he too far gone?

Lukaku powers 10-man Man Utd past Burnley

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  • Lukaku scores two
  • Hart saves Pogba PK
  • Rashford sent off

Romelu Lukaku gave Jose Mourinho a much-needed win with two goals in a 2-0 win over Burnley at Turf Moor on Sunday.

Alexis Sanchez registered in an assist for United, which won its first league match since Opening Day.

United moves 10th on the table with six points, while Burnley remains 19th.

Red Devils substitute Marcus Rashford was sent off, and will miss three matches for a straight red card.

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Jesse Lingard came very close to curling in a wonderful effort in the second minute, but the ball missed by inches and teased by bounding behind the goal.

Luke Shaw forced a save out of Joe Hart a couple of minutes later.

United went ahead in the 27th minute, as Lukaku leapt between a pair of defenders to head Alexis Sanchez’s pinpoint cross past a leaping Joe Hart.

Lukaku was on the doorstep to make it 2-0 when a blocked shot dropped into his path in the 45th minute.

Joe Hart saved Paul Pogba‘s penalty kick bid after Aaron Lennon stepped on Marcus Rashford in the box.

Burnley’s Phil Bardsley was shown a yellow card and Rashford a red after the latter headbutted the former following a dirty foul from Bardsley.

Lukaku was sprung on a breakaway from Pogba, and danced around Hart but couldn’t get past Ben Mee‘s challenge. Mee had both hands on Lukaku’s challenge, but referee Jon Moss did not award United its second penalty of the game.

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Pogba leads Man Utd to winning start

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  • Pogba clear Man of the Match
  • Lukaku, Martial start on bench
  • Foxes winless at Old Trafford since 1998

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Manchester United’s Paul Pogba converted a third minute penalty against Leicester City to help the Red Devils to a 2-1 win at Old Trafford on Friday in the first match of the Premier League’s 2018-19 season.

Luke Shaw scored a sensational goal in the 83rd minute to secure the win for United.

Jamie Vardy scored a back post goal in stoppage time to ruin David De Gea‘s clean sheet.

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Alexis Sanchez’s early shot was blocked by the raised arm of Daniel Amartey, and Pogba left no doubt with his penalty attempt against Kasper Schmeichel.

Wilfred Ndidi’s deflected shot was collected by De Gea in the 15th minute, as Leicester gained a foothold but mostly tried to defy United’s possession.

James Maddison had the game’s best chance shy of the penalty, but a diving De Gea slapped it away with his right hand.

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Eric Bailly made an outstanding tackle on Kelechi Iheanacho inside the 18 early in the second half.

Pogba sent a delightful through ball to put Alexis Sanchez 1v1, and the Chilean laid off for Juan Mata. The Spaniard’s shot was turned wide of the goal but a goal kick was awarded to Leicester.

Romelu Lukaku entered for Marcus Rashford in the 67th.

Leicester looked prepared to make Manchester United pay for its inability to find an insurance goal, but De Gea stopped Demarai Gray‘s 76th minute shot.

Lukaku should’ve made it 2-0 when Sanchez slid him square, but Schmeichel made a sliding deflection of the Belgian’s point blank shot.

Shaw did register United’s second goal, a mis-touch freeing him to side volley a left-footed shot past Schmeichel.

Vardy pulled one back for the Foxes in stoppage time. De Gea was mystified by Ricardo Pereira‘s cross, and Vardy was at the back post to punch in a rebound off the iron.

WATCH: Man Utd’s Pogba scores first goal of Premier League season

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The first goal of the Premier League season belongs to one of the highest profile names on perhaps the biggest club (Watch live on NBCSN and online via NBCSports.com).

Manchester United’s Paul Pogba converted a third minute penalty against Leicester City to give the Red Devils a 1-0 lead at Old Trafford on Friday in the PL’s first match of the 2018-19 season.

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Alexis Sanchez’s early show was blocked by the raised arm of Daniel Amartey, and Pogba left no doubt with his penalty attempt against Kasper Schmeichel.

Wilfred Ndidi’s deflected shot was collected by David De Gea in the 15th minute, as Leicester gained a foothold but mostly tried to defy United’s possession.