Jose Mourinho Hails Alexis Sanchez's 'Maturity' Following Yeovil Win

Mkhitaryan shows off his skills after pulling on an Arsenal strip for the first time

Manchester United coach José Mourinho has revealed how close new signing Alexis Sánchez was to completing his move to Manchester City, stating that the Chilean had "one-and-a-half feet" in The Etihad Stadium ahead of his probable United debut on Friday night against Yeovil Town.

Sanchez was named in the starting line-up just days after he signed for United from Arsenal and was involved in the build-up to the first two goals, scored by Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera.

Alexis Sanchez isn't going to transform Manchester United all by himself.

13 & 10 - Henrikh Mkhitaryan left to join Arsenal as part of the Sanchez deal.

Of course, a big factor in how Sanchez makes an impactful campaign at Old Trafford will be how quickly he can turn himself to his old self and adjust to Mourinho's tactics, which will significantly impact his outputs. That's going to be very important for us.

"Obviously we know his quality on the ball, he's awesome, but his fight, the way he defends, he's the first player to defend - I really like it". He will probably be a little frustrated that he hit the side-netting but I think he has done fantastically.

Sanchez had fed Rashford in a smart pass in the build-up to the opener, finally conjuring an incisive ball after a sequence of misplaced passes.

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Morata is absent with a back injury while Courtois and Willian are suffering from ankle and hamstring problems respectively. " Willian is out.

The 29-year-old, who arrived from Arsenal on Monday, was named Man of the Match by Martin Keown, who was on commentary duty for BBC, following his showing at Huish Park.

Sanchez's arrival is the best option Mourinho can have to put more variations and fulfill what United are missing, but Sanchez will need to correct his defensive duty just like Brazilian forward, William did himself at Chelsea.

"No United fan likes to accept it, but the chances are those chats from Real Madrid about David de Gea will start rearing their heads again".

Mourinho had looked an unhappy figure as United's title bid faltered and they suffered a shock League Cup exit at Championship side Bristol City. "His choice for the second goal is a choice that a player like Marcus Rashford is too nervous to make that kind of decision".

He added: "Alexis brings maturity and class". He is a bit of a free spirit in attack and United haven't really had a player quite like that since Cristiano Ronaldo.

"His workrate and professionalism are exceptional and he has embraced the club's desire to promote top quality young players to the first team", said Woodward.

"He had this feeling of being in the first team and immediately had confidence and quality", Mourinho said.

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