Alexis Sanchez signs for Manchester United

Ross Houston
January 23, 2018

Sanchez also thanked the Arsenal fans for their support over the years before revealing it was a dream come true for him to join United when it appeared as if he was destined for Manchester City.

Manchester United fans across the world would wish to see their new signing chasing the ball in United iconic number seven that was previously worn by United legends namely, Erick Cantona, David Beckham and Christiano Ronaldo who is also reported to be considering a move back to United.

Arsene Wenger added: "Henrikh is a very complete player".

Martin Keown, a former Gunners defender, had called Sanchez "the biggest mercenary in football", with reports suggesting the Chilean forward will earn £500,000 a week at Old Trafford.

Sanchez could make his debut for United when they face Yeovil Town in the FA Cup fourth round on Friday night.

"He's a player who I've always found it hard to score past, and so for me he is right up there with the best keepers in the world".

Jesse Lingard shared a joke with new Manchester United team-mate Alexis Sanchez shortly after the Chile star's Old Trafford arrival was confirmed.

The Catalan coach stressed the decision to end interest in signing Sanchez came down to the wage demands of the player.

"I am thrilled to be joining the biggest club in the world", said Sanchez, a former Barcelona player who had an opportunity to join Manchester City.

"Alexis is one of the best attacking players in the world and he will complete our very young and talented group of attacking players", United manager Jose Mourinho said.

Before joining Dortmund in 2013, Mkhitaryan spent four years in Donetsk, Ukraine, first with Metalurh and later with Shakhtar, whom he helped win the Ukrainian league and cup double in three successive seasons between 2011 and 2013.

"I must say I always gave 100%, until the last day".

The 29-year-old Chile global will reportedly become the highest-paid player in Premier League history following the deal that sees Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading in the opposite direction.

"He will bring his ambition, drive and personality - qualities that make a Manchester United player".

"He creates chances, he defends well, he can absorb distances and he's very committed as well", Wenger said.

Wenger rejected the theory that Sanchez was disrupting the harmony in the Arsenal team in his final months there.

Mkhitaryan was one of Mourinho's first signings in the summer of 2016 and scored 11 times in his debut season, including one goal in the Europa League final victory over Ajax.

Mkhitaryan made a modest start to his United career and did not start a Premier League game in nearly three months after he was substituted at half-time during his full debut against Manchester City.

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