Alexis Sanchez indicated that “feeling important and loved” was part of his decision to leave Arsenal to join Manchester United, adding that manager Jose Mourinho‘s efforts to make him feel wanted at United were an important factor in his decision to join the club.
“He indicated it is important for the club for me to be here,” Sanchez told MUTV. “I also believe that the club itself cared about me joining, and I got the impression that they were keen for me to come here and wear the number seven shirt. I think that also gets through to the player. Players sometimes need to feel important and loved by the club. That was one of the things that attracted me to come here, along with the manager, who is a person who won everything in Italy, the same as he did in Spain, and he’s a manager who likes to win.”
The former Barcelona man has been handed the iconic number 7 shirt, and Sanchez is excited by the visions of United’s past conjured by his new jersey.
“When they told me that Cristiano [Ronaldo], [Eric] Cantona, David Beckham had all worn it, just thinking about that number seven sets you off dreaming in your head with ideas about lifting the Champions League trophy and winning the Premier League title,” he continued. “So yes, I’m fulfilling a dream and I hope to give my very best and win many trophies at this club.”