Jose Mourinho has praised the impact of January signing Alexis Sanchez, claiming that United
“needed” a player with the Chilean’s distinctive set of skills.
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Speaking ahead of United’s Premier League clash with Alexis’s former team, Arsenal, Mourinho explained why the Reds were so determined to sign him.
“We fought to have him here and I was, since day one, sure that he was the right player,” said the boss.
“Not just by the typical football qualities, but also by his mentality and we needed that. We needed a little bit more experience, we needed a little bit more of mental aggressiveness, and I knew that sooner or later, we’re coming [improving as a team].”
Since Alexis’s arrival, United have shown increasing reserves of mental strength, by coming from behind to beat Chelsea, Crystal Palace, Manchester City and Tottenham, suggesting that the player’s fortitude and drive have already added an extra dimension to the team.
But Mourinho believes United will see even more from the Chilean next term.
“I don't like the January market, but it was now or never, so it was now and obviously if we can have good Alexis until the end of the season, it is better for us.