Alexis Sanchez Explains How Jose Mourinho Convinced Him to Join Man United Over Guardiola’s Man City

Alexis Sanchez Explains How Jose Mourinho Convinced Him to Join Man United Over Guardiola’s Man City

Martin Moses
March 25, 2023 at 10:00 AM
  • Alexis Sanchez has revealed Jose Mourinho's role in him picking Manchester United over City
  • Sanchez was destined to work under Pep Guardiola again after their fruitful days at Barcelona
  • The two-time COPA America winner has also chided City for their inability to win the Champions League

Alexis Sanchez has explained why he snubbed Manchester City in preference for a move to their cross-city rivals Manchester United.

Sanchez looked set to join Pep Guardiola's team in January 2018, only for a last-minute persuasion from Jose Mourinho to change his mind.

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Alexis Sanchez greets Jose Mourinho at the end of a past game for Manchester United. Photo by Nick Potts.
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At that time, Sanchez was one of the best forwards in the Premier League under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal. His previous relationship with Guardiola at Barcelona made people think that City had an advantage in the race to land the Chilean.

But as the 34-year-old explains now, Mourinho called him with the promise of giving him the legendary number 7 shirt.

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"I was about to go to City. I spoke to Guardiola every day, he told me happy birthday. He was like my dad. Suddenly the cell phone rings. Mourinho tells me, 'Alexis, here is the number seven available for you. It wasn’t a money thing, so everyone knows," as quoted by Mirror.

Attack on Man City

Now at Marseille, Sanchez dropped a brutal swipe at Manchester City over their inability to win the Champions League.

"I would have liked to have gone to City, yes. We would have won the Champions League by now. In the final, I would have done something."

Manchester City are yet to win Europe's lucrative prize despite spending a lot of money since 2008. The final Sanchez is referring to is the 2021 final, where Guardiola was beaten by Thomas Tuchel's Chelsea.

The Marseille star insists he has no regrets in choosing United over City despite his 18-month spell at Old Trafford not going according to plan.

Napoli coach fired back at Guardiola

Previously, Sports Brief reported that Luciano Spaletti has responded to Pep Guardiola's claims that his side are currently the best team in Europe.

The Italian giants are undoubtedly among the favourites after leading an almost error-free season so far. Napoli are a few games away from winning their first Scudetto in over 30 years.

The combination of Victor Osimhen and Khvicha Kvaratskhelia has proven too strong for opposition teams.

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