Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What Reds Think about Arsenal's Top Striker Sanchez

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

What Reds Think about Arsenal's Top Striker Sanchez

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JOSE Mourinho has shown interest in Arsenal playmaker Mesut Ozil but his team-mate Alexis Sanchez has emerged as the latest forward to be linked with United.

Speculation is rife that United could hijack City's protracted move for long-standing target Sanchez, who is out of contract at The Emirates in the summer.

There are counter claims that United are not in for the 29-yearold Chile international but the January transfer window is open and conjecture is unlikely to abate.

Here is what some United figures past and present have said about Sanchez...

? Mourinho on Axel Tuanzebe's full debut against Sanchez: "I think Alexis knows his name because the kid played very well.

What matters is to get on the pitch, to get the experience, to play against Alexis Sanchez, to play against Ozil, to play against Welbeck, to play against big players."

? Former United captain Gary Neville on how Tuanzebe handled Sanchez: "Today was tough, and you think that Tuanzebe was up against Alexis Sanchez, who is a world-class player, at a difficult stadium to play at.

"He was fantastic from the first to the 90th minute.

"He can be proud. He was United's big plus today. He stuck to his task and showed what a really good defender he is."

? Mourinho after United beat LA Galaxy during their pre-season tour: "I don't know the first thing about [Real official] Sanchez."

Mourinho gave the answer in Spanish and journalists, having checked with a translator, thought he was referring to speculation surrounding possible interest in Sanchez.

He was referring to a Real Madrid official.

? Mourinho on Arsenal not selling Sanchez to City: "A great, experienced manager, the same team.

Alexis world-Gary "They didn't sell, as some were expecting, players like Mesut Ozil, Alexis.

"They are equipped."

? Mourinho on Sanchez's start to the 2017-18 season: "You have other players in the Premier League who are not starting matches and their managers just say they're not in the best conditions.

"We're speaking about some of the best players in the league. …

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