Sánchez blames Manchester United's failure for lack of game time

LONDON: Alexis Sanchez he thinks he couldn't shine in 18 months at Manchester United before joining Inter de Milan on loan was due to lack of opportunities.

The Chilean moved to Italy with a 10-month loan contract last week with United still paying a large portion of his salary of £ 400,000 ($ 484,000) per week.

Sanchez did not meet United's expectations when he signed it with Arsenal in a four-and-a-half year contract in January 2018, scoring only five times in 45 appearances for United.

However, he started only 31 of 77 games that the Red Devils played during their time there and played the full 90 minutes only 13 times.

I always told my friends: I want to play, Sánchez told the BBC.

If you let me play, I will do my best. Sometimes I played 60 minutes and then I didn't play the next game, and I didn't know why.

Sanchez signed with United second in the Premier league and with the aim of closing the gap with the local rivals of Manchester City, who were also interested in reuniting Sanchez with his former boss at the Barcelona Pep Guardiola.

Instead, in his first full season at Old Trafford, José Mourinho was fired and replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer when United finished sixth and as close to the relegation zone in points as it was for the City champion.

But despite not having won trophies, Sanchez does not regret joining United instead of City.

I am very happy to have gone to Manchester United. I have always said it. It is the club that won the most in England, Sánchez added.

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

I wanted to join them and win everything. I don't regret going there.