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'I have always been professional' - Alexis apologises to Man Utd fans after dismal season

20:18 IST 12/05/2019
Alexis Sanchez Manchester United 2018-19
The Chilean scored just twice in a campaign to forget both for the player and his club, who finished well outside the Champions League places

Alexis Sanchez has offered his apologies to Manchester United supporters after enduring a wretched first full season as a Red Devil. 

The Chile international joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 in a deal that also saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan move to the Emirates Stadium. 

But he has struggled to show his best form since the transfer, and will be delighted to see the back of an appalling 2018-19 campaign. 

Alexis made just nine starts in the Premier League under Jose Mourinho and then Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, while he troubled the scorers just twice in all competitions. 

A high wage and lack of production made Sanchez a frequent target of derision from supporters, with reports of a potential exit this summer swirling for much of the season.

And as United said good riddance to the campaign with another disappointing defeat, this time against already-relegated Cardiff City, the forward told fans he was sorry for failing to perform. 

However, also predicted a return to glory for the club, with the Red Devils one day attaining the heights they reached under Sir Alex Ferguson. 

"It was a very tough season...the fan are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens," Sanchez explained on Instagram.

"Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries.

"Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Fue una temporada muy complicada, pero ellos los fans, son los únicos que se merecen unas disculpas, te apoyan siempre a pesar de todo por este club. En lo personal, no jugué todo lo que esperaba, me lesioné de cosas que nunca me habían pasado. Hay cosas internas que la gente y periodistas hablan sin saber. Siempre fui profesional en todo sentido, ofrezco disculpas a los fans 🙏🏽 por no estar peleando cosas importantes, siendo que somos el Manchester United. Jugadores y Staff saquemos conclusión, si hicimos lo correcto y entregamos lo mejor de cada uno por esta camiseta... Estoy seguro que el Manchester United, volverá a ser el club, que algún día fue, con el señor Alex Ferguson. ⬇️ 🙏🏽 It was a very tough season...the fan are the ones who deserve an apology as they always support you no matter what happens. Personally, I didn’t perform as much as I was expecting because of unpredictable injuries. Press and people were speculating of things that were not even true. I was always a professional in all aspects. I apologise to the fans 🙏 for not be able to achieve our goals,Nevertheless we are Manchester United! Players and Staff are questioning if we were doing the right thing and if we were giving our best for this football shirt ... I'm certain that Manchester United one day will return to be the club, as it was in the old days with Mr. Alex Ferguson. 💪🏽....

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"I was always a professional in all aspects.

"I apologise to the fans for not be able to achieve our goals. Nevertheless we are Manchester United!

"Players and Staff are questioning if we were doing the right thing and if we were giving our best for this football shirt ... I'm certain that Manchester United one day will return to be the club, as it was in the old days with Mr. Alex Ferguson."

Sunday's defeat on the last day of the season consigned United to a sixth-placed finish, five points shy of Tottenham and the final Champions League qualifying spot.

They will thus return to the Europa League next season after reaching the Champions League quarter-finals, where their adventure was ended by Barcelona.