Alexis Sanchez “does not regret” his time at United despite enduring a fruitless spell

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Alexis Sanchez set for Inter Milan loan move

Former Manchester United forward, Alexis Sanchez has said he “does not regret” joining the Premier League club despite not getting enough game time to show his talent.

After 19 months at Old Trafford, the Chilean, 30 years old, joined Inter Milan on a season-long loan agreement in August.

“I’m very happy I went to Manchester United,” Sanchez told BBC Sport.

“I’ve always said that. It’s the club that’s won the most in England.

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“When I went to Arsenal it was fantastic – I was happy there – but United were growing at the time, they were buying players to win something.

“I wanted to join them and win everything. I don’t regret going there.”

Sanchez scored 80 goals in 166 matches for Arsenal after joining for £30m from Barcelona in July 2014, and was nominated for the Professional Footballers’ Association Players’ Players of the Year award in 2017.

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However, his departure for United coincided with a severe downturn in form.

The Chile International only scored two goals from 27 appearances he made for the Premier League side last season, but impressed during his Country’s run to the Copa America semi-finals this summer, netting twice.

Alexis Sanchez started only 31 of 77 possible games for United and completed 13 of those.

“I think that I’m happy when I play for my national team,” he said.

“I was happy at Manchester United too, but I’ve always said to my friends: I want to play.

“If they would let me play I’ll do my best. Sometimes I’d play 60 minutes then I wouldn’t play the next game – and I didn’t know why.”

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Alexis Sanchez was not engaged in pre-season matches before moving to Inter Milan and did not feature in the first three league games on the side of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, with the club quoting an injury picked up on global duty.

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However, the Chilean said he felt “ready to play” after the Copa America.

“I felt fine,” he said. “I think I did well in the Copa America.

“After that, it [not playing any pre-season games] depended on the coach to let me play. You need to ask him this question, not me.”

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