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Manchester Evening News
Stephen Killen

Gary Lineker compares Manchester United signing of Alexis Sanchez to Cristiano Ronaldo transfer

Micah Richards admitted Alexis Sanchez became a "laughing stock" after his Manchester United failure after he struggled to replicate the form at Barcelona and Arsenal that sealed his move in 2018.

Two failed years at Old Trafford prompted a loan move to Inter Milan, which later became permanent when United cancelled his contract.

But the Chilean, despite his misfortune in the North West, has enjoyed some success with the Italian side winning the Scudetto with Antonio Conte's side last year.

Gary Lineker likened the situation at United to Cristiano Ronaldo's signing over the summer just gone — when the Reds swooped in to snatch him from rivals Manchester City's grasps, as they did for the former Gunners man.

Registering just five goals in those forgettable two years, Sanchez's time at United was a complete failure. Sanchez impressed at Arsenal, having moved there from Barcelona, but never settled in Manchester.

"He became a laughing stock at Man United. He was a top player," Richards said on the Match of the Day Top 10 podcast.

"When he was in Italy, he was an out-and-out winger. He worked hard, reminds me a little bit like Tevez, they've got that work rate, they've got that skill, creativity, it was sad when he went to Man United because I thought that would be a great move for him, I really did.

"I thought he would kick on and sort of like when Van Persie went to Man U goes and wins the league. Must be system [why it didn't work out], must be pressure."

Lineker said: "It was a very similar thing, obviously different player, with what's happened with [Cristiano] Ronaldo wasn't it? Everyone was going to City then all of a sudden it was definitely done with City then no, Manchester United sneaked in and nicked him but it didn't quite work at Manchester United."

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