Patrice Evra has suggested that money could have been a significant influence in Alexis Sanchez snubbing Man City in favour of Man United two seasons ago.
The Chilean signed a colossal £500,000 a week contract with the Red Devils after leaving Arsenal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan going the other way.
Cheer up, Alexis Sanchez – look how much money you’ve earned since joining United! 😲 pic.twitter.com/cyj27SOieL
— Sport360° (@Sport360) May 5, 2019
He was all but certain to join his ex- Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad as Manchester City looked destined to clinch the Premier League title.
He instead opted for a move to Old Trafford who swooped in with a massive offer at the last moment.
The Fortunes of both the parties involved have taken a nosedive since as Sanchez has gone on to score only five goals in 45 appearances over the last year and a half.
Goals at Old Trafford this season:
⚽ Nathaniel Mendez-Laing: 2
⚽ Alexis Sanchez: 1 pic.twitter.com/wnLTkv1Ywn
— Football Tweet (@Football__Tweet) May 12, 2019
Speaking to fellow full-back Gary Neville in an interview for Sky Sports, the ex-French international said:
‘Some players only come for the money, I am not afraid to say that.
‘I have nothing against him, but Sanchez, when I saw the deal, that’s when I thought the Manchester United history just went down.
‘He had Manchester City, they were offering less money, but he was going to play a better football than United – I’m sorry about that, but City play better football. Guardiola will also improve him.’
Evra, who played for United for seven-and-a-half years and won 10 major trophies, added: ‘So I want to know what is the real reason for choosing United? Don’t tell me he loved Manchester United when he was a kid.
‘It’s either the money or he wanted to be the number one, take the No 7 shirt and be the star.’
Btw, by the time you’ve read this, Sanchez has already earned £148.8. Cheer up!