Former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has admitted that he always viewed Alexis Sanchez as a sad man during his tenure at the Old Trafford.

Mourinho signed Sanchez from Arsenal in January 2018, as part of a swap contract deal for Henrikh Mkhitaryan, with the Chilean poor performance at Old Trafford, he scored only five goals in 45 matches, despite his £560,000 a week earning, plus all feasible bonuses.

Sanchez joined the Seria A side Inter Milan on loan in the summer, but in an interview with The Telegraph, his former manager Mourinho declared he couldn’t get the best out of him.

He said: “Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man, and I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level. And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him.” 

He added: “As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach.”

“But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez]: ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy, he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player.”

Mourinho has managed Chelsea twice, including Inter and Real Madrid, said his next managing role will be a “difficult one” given his revelations of taking “bad” projects.

He replied: “For sure my next job will be a difficult one because I am very bad at choosing projects.”

“I AM EITHER BAD AT CHOOSING PROJECTS OR THE BAD PROJECTS CHOOSE ME. BUT IT IS ALWAYS THE SAME. WHEN I GO TO MADRID, IT IS BECAUSE MADRID ARE IN TROUBLE. WHEN I GO TO UNITED IT IS BECAUSE UNITED ARE IN TROUBLE.”

“When I go to Chelsea the first time it is because they haven’t won the league in 50 years. When I go the second time it is because their top team disappeared and they want to be champions with a new team. When I go to Inter it is because they haven’t won the Champions League for 50 years.

“I have never had one of these clubs where it is, ‘Come on, the team is here ready’. But that is the nature of things. When the teams change coaches in the middle of the season it is for a reason. It is because of bad results.”

As Mourinho waits patiently for an opportunity to present itself, he has chosen to punditry both on Sky Sports and BeIN Sports and revealed it has proffered him a new aspect on the game.

Alexis Sanchez’s stats in the Premier League for Arsenal and Manchester.

“The one thing which I really feel is that the pundits try to be professional,” he said. “Not just on their preparation but on their analysis.

“SOMETIMES AS A MANAGER, YOU CAN FEEL ABOUT A PUNDIT, ‘THIS GUY HAS AN AGENDA. THIS GUY WANTS TO ATTACK ME. THIS GUY WANTS TO PROTECT THE OTHER ONE’.

I DON’T THINK THEY DON’T FEEL THAT [INSTINCT]. I THINK THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL IN EVERY ASPECT. BUT WHAT I FELT WHEN I WAS A PUNDIT, THEY ALSO FEEL.”

“Saying, for example, that I felt Frank should be a little bit more pragmatic in his approach [against Manchester United]. It hurts me. It is difficult to separate the professionalism of their [punditry] work with the human feeling that they have.”

“I cannot blame some guy being pro-Liverpool if it is in his blood. I cannot criticise a guy being a little anti-Jose if he is not in love with Jose. You cannot separate the pundit from the man.”

The Portuguese furtherly articulated about Romelu Lukaku, who he signed from Everton in 2017 for £75m, and how the Belgian has always scored goals

“For West Bromwich Albion, for Everton, for United,’ he says. ‘In terms of Lukaku, the transfer looks more like player ambition, player desire to change, than [the opinion] he didn’t present anything for the club.’ 

Despite a successful first season, Lukaku was transferred, likewise Sanchez, to Inter Milan in a permanent £72m deal on 8th August.

 

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