Alexis Sanchez has told ESPN that he would have liked Manchester United to have signed “many more world-class players” in the summer transfer window.
Jose Mourinho said on Thursday that he did not expect United to add any more players before the Premier League’s 5 p.m. BST transfer deadline that day, meaning Brazil midfielder Fred, 19-year-old full-back Diogo Dalot and reserve goalkeeper Lee Grant are the only additions to the squad.
“I would have liked that they had signed many more world-class players,” Sanchez said when asked before deadline day about United’s quiet transfer window. “But it’s the club’s decision.”
Fred has been United’s biggest signing of the summer. The 25-year-old signed from Shakhtar Donetsk in a deal worth around £50 million and joined up with United for part of their preseason tour of the U.S. after a post-World Cup break.
Sanchez said he expects the Brazil midfielder to be a great addition to the squad, which finished second in the Premier League last season.
“The truth is that [Fred] impressed me a lot in his first game,” Sanchez said. “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 signed for United in January, and has so far struggled to replicate the goals and attacking threat he consistently displayed during his three-and-a-half years at Arsenal.
The Chile international, 29, said he feels more comfortable at United now following a full preseason with the club and hopes to combine more effectively with teammates Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku this term, beginning with the season-opening match against Leicester City on Friday.