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Alexis wanted more 'world-class players' at Man Utd as Mourinho faces frustrating deadline day

5:22 PM IST 09/08/18
Alexis Sanchez Manchester United
The Chilean forward is among those to have been left disappointed by a lack of transfer activity at Old Trafford during a quiet summer window

Alexis Sanchez admits he was hoping for “more world-class players” to arrive at Manchester United as Jose Mourinho faces up to a frustrating deadline day.

When the Red Devils landed the Chile international in January, his arrival was considered to be quite the coup and a sign of things to come at Old Trafford.

United have, however, struggled to build on that deal, with Mourinho conceding that there may be no more additions on the final day of the summer window.

With only Diogo Dalot, Lee Grant and Fred acquired to this point, Sanchez has revealed that he was looking for more ambition to be shown in the transfer market.

He told ESPN Brasil: "I would have liked that they had signed many more world-class players.

"But it's the club's decision."

While disappointed by a lack of movement, Sanchez is happy to have been joined by fellow South American Fred.

The Brazil international was snapped up in a £52.5 million ($70m) deal and has impressed during his pre-season outings.

More is expected of him when competitive action starts, with United readying to open the new Premier League campaign against Leicester on Friday, with the 25-year-old midfielder being tipped to prove a shrewd addition.

Sanchez added: "The truth is that [Fred] impressed me a lot in his first game.

It's what the team lacked - someone who plays ‘jogo bonito’, as they say in Brazil. And Andreas Pereira too. I think they are two players who have quality and they could help me a lot."

Sanchez is looking for somebody to provide him with greater ammunition during the 2018-19 campaign.

After signing from Arsenal during the winter window, the 29-year-old forward managed just three goals in 18 appearances.

He went on to say: "Today I am more comfortable. I am calm. My team-mates have to be focused. I also have to. I depend on them. If they are well, me too.

"It's [improving] positively, it goes better. I think it will be seen now in the games when we play with Paul [Pogba], with Fred with [Romelu] Lukaku and with all the rest who are playing. We will understand better which is the best way [to get the most out of the team].”