Alexis boost for Man Utd as Chilean hints at end to visa issue

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The Red Devils' pre-season is not going well, according to manager Jose Mourinho, but a star forward could be reuniting with them in the United States

Alexis Sanchez finally looks set to join up with his Manchester United team-mates on their tour of the United States after hinting a visa issue denying him entry has been resolved.

Sanchez was unable to fly out to the USA with United when they initially left for their pre-season trip, with the club acknowledging a "personal administrative issue" prevented his travel.

It became apparent the problem related to not being granted a visa as a result of accepting a 16-month suspended jail sentence in Spain earlier in 2018 for tax fraud.

Manager Jose Mourinho said in a news conference on Thursday that Sanchez was "very sad" about the situation which was "not good for him or me", with the Portuguese coach suggesting United's pre-season has got off to a poor start.

The Portuguese told reporters: "It is really bad. It is really sad, it is not good for us.

"It's not good for anyone, for the team, it's not good for the organisation of the International Champions Cup.

"It's not good for anyone but there is no one to blame. I know the club is making the effort. I have to respect the US authorities in their process of selection for visas.

"Hopefully he will come to join us later because it would be important to at least work with Alexis, [Juan] Mata and [Anthony] Martial, who are the players I think we have in attack for the start of the season.

"No [Romelu] Lukaku, no [Jesse] Lingard, no Marcus Rashford.

"So if Alexis is not working with us for another 15 to 20 days that will be bad."

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But, Mourinho looks set to be handed a boost in the shape of Sanchez.

The Chile international has posted on his official Instagram story a photo of himself and his personal trainer at United's Carrington training base, with the caption saying: "The last training in Manchester. Soon [USA]".

United play Liga MX side Club America in their first pre-season game in Glendale, Arizona on Friday, though that match is likely to come too soon for Sanchez.

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