‘You judge it was a failure for just Alexis, but there are many reasons’: Pep Guardiola defends Alexis Sanchez after his Manchester United demise and backs his former winger to find his form at Inter
- Pep Guardiola worked with Alexis Sanchez while the pair were at Barcelona
- Before moving to United, Sanchez was linked with a reunion with Guardiola
- The Man City boss has backed Antonio Conte to get the best out of the Chilean
- The 30-year-old scored 3 goals in 32 appearances since joining United in 2018
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has backed Alexis Sanchez to rekindle the form displayed prior to his Manchester United misery, after the Chilean joins Inter Milan.
Sanchez, 30, has endured a torrid spell in Manchester since joining the Red Devils from Arsenal 18 months ago, netting three times in 32 appearances for the club.
That form has seen the winger fall down the pecking order at Old Trafford, with Ole Gunnar Solskjær opting for younger options instead. United will still have to pick up a large portion of the Chilean’s wage despite his loan move away from England.
Alexis Sanchez has endured a torrid spell at Manchester United since joining 18 months ago
Guardiola managed Alexis Sanchez while the pair were together at Barcelona
And Guardiola, who managed Sanchez while the pair were at Barcelona,has defended his former player from criticism regarding his efforts for United.
The Manchester City manager told reporters, as reported by the Evening Standard: ‘Football players don’t depend on one player. You judge it was a failure for just Alexis, but there are many reasons.
‘They don’t play alone – it’s not tennis, it’s not golf. To play with 10 players against one system, against opponents, against many, many things that are involved in one player performing well in the team.
Pep believes former Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is the man to rekindle Sanchez’s form
‘I don’t know what happened, I was not there, I will not be there, so that’s why I cannot give my opinion – but I am not thinking it is just for one reason,’ he said.
Guardiola was believed to have been keen on securing the services of the winger before he moved to Old Trafford. The City manager believes Inter boss Antonio Conte is the right man to get the best out of the talented Chilean.
‘I know him,’ said Guardiola. ‘We worked together in Barcelona – I have a special affection as a player, of course, but especially as a human being. He’s an incredible, humble guy and a fighter.
‘So now he decided to move Italy with one of the greatest teams in Europe with Inter right now, incredible manager with Antonio Conte, and I’m pretty sure they are going to do well.
‘Because I think the way Inter plays, it suits him perfectly. Playing close to (Romelu) Lukaku and in this position I think he is going to have a good period in Milan.’