Football: Alexis Sanchez says he didn't have time to show his worth at Manchester United

Alexis Sanchez (centre) arrives for medical examinations in Milan on Aug 28, before his expected loan move from Manchester United to Inter Milan.
Alexis Sanchez (centre) arrives for medical examinations in Milan on Aug 28, before his expected loan move from Manchester United to Inter Milan.PHOTO: DPA

LONDON (dpa) - Chile striker Alexis Sanchez said he was not given a proper chance to succeed at Manchester United.

The 30-year-old played only 31 of 77 possible games in his 19 months at Old Trafford and signed a season-long loan deal with Inter Milan this week.

"I was happy at Manchester United too, but I've always said to my friends: I want to play," Sanchez told BBC Sport.

"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."

Sanchez was one of the biggest stars at Arsenal, where he scored 80 goals in 166 matches.

A big-money move to United seemed a step up and Sanchez said he did not regret the decision, even if Jose Mourinho, in particular, did not seem to rate him quite so highly as others.

"I'm very happy I went to Manchester United," Sanchez said. "I've always said that. It's the club that's won the most in England.

 

"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."