Alexis Sanchez‘s move to Manchester United from Arsenal certainly didn’t work out.
The Chilean – who was absolutely superb in north London – joined the Red Devils in the 2018 January transfer window, with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going in the other direction.
Big things were expected of Sanchez at Old Trafford, especially after he was handed an eye-watering contract reportedly worth around £500,000-a-week.
But his time at United was pretty disastrous, the former Barcelona man scoring just five goals in 45 appearances across all competitions.
He did at least contribute nine assists to go with his miniscule tally of goals, with two of them coming on debut in the FA Cup versus Yeovil Town – who were in League One at the time.
Sanchez performed fairly well in his first outing wearing the famous red jersey of United, helping the team achieve a 4-0 victory.
The forward was actually named Man-of-the-Match by Martin Keown on commentary duty for the BBC at Huish Park, a decision that didn’t go down too well with the hosts.
Why do we say that? Well, Yeovil actually posted a rather sassy tweet from their official account in which they labelled the call a “commercially-driven decision”.
Yeovil’s tweet after Sanchez was named MOTM
#Alexis7 is announced as man of the match.
— Yeovil Town F.C. (@YTFC) January 26, 2018
Yeovil fans also gave Sanchez some stick during the game, journalist Henry Winter revealing at the time that the home crowd shouted “you dropped a tenner, Alexis” when the player chased a loose ball.
What Yeovil fans shouted at Sanchez
“You dropped a tenner, Alexis,” Yeovil Town fan to Sanchez as he nears fans, chasing a loose ball. Plenty of pantomime boos for #mufc new signing.
— Henry Winter (@henrywinter) January 26, 2018
The magic of the cup, eh? The Yeovil fans also booed Sanchez in the warm-up and we can only assume that was because of his aforementioned contract at United – which remains one of the biggest in Premier League history.
Sanchez is now at Inter Milan after cutting his stay in the north of England short by two years in order to join the Serie A outfit for free in 2020.
The 33-year-old hasn’t exactly smashed it out in Italy, although he did score a dramatic 120th-minute winner against Juventus that secured the 2022 Italian Super Cup back in January.
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