Monday 28 May 2018

Jose Mourinho claims Alexis Sanchez was 'cheap' as he breaks his silence on the Chilean's missed drugs test

Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Reuters
Manchester United’s Alexis Sanchez. Photo: Reuters

Jose Mourinho insists Alexis Sanchez's missed drugs test was "no one's mistake", as he praised Arsenal for taking responsibility for the mix-up.

Sanchez failed to inform drugs testers of his whereabouts on Monday, as his transfer from Arsenal to Manchester United was pushed through.

UK Anti-Doping officers were unable to locate him despite a trip to Arsenal's training ground, and on Friday Arsene Wenger admitted Arsenal should bear responsibility for not informing the authorities the Chile forward would not be at the club's Colney base.

Sanchez laid on two goals on his United debut as Mourinho's side overwhelmed Yeovil 4-0 at Huish Park on Friday night to move into the FA Cup fifth round, before Mourinho insisted the drugs test issue was an honest mix-up.

"I think Arsenal were very honest in the way they approached the situation," said Mourinho, of Sanchez's missed drugs test.

"We all know we must tell the whereabouts, our players where they are 24 hours a day.

"Nobody knew where he was going to be, it was just a period of his transfer. So I think it's easily understandable, no one's mistake and just a consequence of the moment."

Sanchez teed up Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera as United took control at Yeovil, before replacements Jesse Lingard and Romelu Lukaku added gloss to the score late on.

The 29-year-old Chile forward's transfer from Arsenal has proved one of the highest-profile deals of the January transfer window.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan moved to Arsenal to push the Sanchez deal through, leaving Mourinho pleased with the net gain for United.

"He was cheap wasn't he? A free transfer, that's good," joked Mourinho, over signing Sanchez. "For that price it's fantastic.

"I think everybody thinks the same in this country. Everybody has to agree he's a fantastic player and it's a plus.

"We have a group of attacking players; Lingard, Lukaku on the bench, Zlatan, Martial at home. We have good quality in the group."

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