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Alexis Sanchez's nightmare year at Man United continues as hamstring injury rules him out for six weeks

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Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United's Alexis Sanchez

Jose Mourinho expects Alexis Sanchez to be out of action for 'a long time' with the hamstring injury he sustained in training on Thursday.

The Manchester United manager confirmed that while the club's highest earning player has yet to have confirmation of the extent of the injury, the Chilean could be facing a lengthy spell on the sidelines.

"No scans yet, but the player is experienced, the player knows what the injury is and also from the top of my experience, just the painful scream and the way the injury happened I know it’s going to be for a long time," Mourinho told reporters.

"It’s not the little muscular injury that in one week or 10 days the player is ready, is for me and also for Alexis, the feelings before the scans is that the grade is different than the (Victor) Lindelof one and the Lindelof one was not an easy one. So I think Alexis has what I used to call an aggressive muscular injury.

"He has an important injury, I don’t want to risk by saying for how long he will be out but from the top of my experience I would say he is not playing this year."

Mourinho also addressed why Sanchez was left out of his squad for last Tuesday's Champions League game against Young Boys, as he insisted it was a purely tactical selection.

"The first thing I can say is that in every club, when a player is not playing it is a simple manager’s decision," he stressed. "In our club when a player does not play it is always because of the player is not behaving and has disciplinary issues. Of course that is not the case again."

Mourinho also offered up another encouraging update on the future of United keeper David de Gea, after the club activated the one-year option they had in his contract that ties him to the club until 2020.

There is now an expectation that the Spaniard may agree a new contact with United and Mourinho is upbeat about the club's hopes of hanging on to their keeper.

"Board want him to stay. Manager wants him to stay. He wants to stay," he added. "His agent will let him think and decide himself. The only point is to agree the contract. My feeling is that it will finish well."

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