Jose Mourinho has explained where he sees new signing Alexis Sanchez fitting into his Manchester United team.
The boss has confirmed the Chilean forward, who completed his transfer from Arsenal on Monday, will be part of the squad to travel to Yeovil Town for Friday’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round tie and could therefore make his eagerly anticipated debut for the club.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference at the Aon Training Complex on Thursday, Mourinho was asked by reporters where he sees the new no.7 slotting into the United side.
“Everywhere in the attacking positions,” the manager replied. “I know him for many, many years. I was with him in Italy – when he was at Udinese, I was at Inter. I was with him in Spain – when I was at Real, he was at Barcelona. I was with him in England – when I was at Chelsea and Manchester United, he was at Arsenal.
“Our careers are almost made in the same countries simultaneously, so I know him very, very well. I saw him play on the right, on the left, as a striker and behind the striker and these are Alexis’s positions.”
Mourinho went on: “I saw him play in different tactical systems, I saw him play with different philosophies of different managers, I saw him being successful in every country with every manager with every system in every position.
“He’s a player that becomes more than a player because of that multi-functionality – he can play in every position in attack. I say he can play in four different positions.”
The arrival of Alexis has increased the firepower at the club, with the manager feeling he has a quintet of forwards to select from on Friday, as well as midfielders like Jesse Lingard and Paul Pogba who can also provide goals.
“Now we have five attacking players of high quality – [Juan] Mata, [Marcus] Rashford, [Romelu] Lukaku, [Anthony] Martial and Alexis,” said Jose. “It’s fantastic for me and the team. If the players are on the bench one day and they don’t like it, I’m happy with that.”