New Manchester United forward, Alexis Sanchez could make his debut against Yeovil on Friday in the Red Devils’ FA Cup clash. Speaking ahead of the tie at Huish Park, United boss, Mourinho hinted that the Chilean could be involved in the game.
Here are some key points from Mourinho’s media briefing on ahead of United’s Emirates FA Cup fourth-round trip to Yeovil Town.
WE WANT TO ACHIEVE BIG THINGS
“We want to improve all the time, we want to be better and better. We want to achieve big things. We are not going to stop until we do that and the evolution of players is very important.”
ALEXIS MAKES US STRONGER
“This is life in big clubs.”
“In big clubs, you have big players, competition and responsibilities – you have to try to go to every competition in a serious way. You cannot do that with 11 players, so the players at big clubs know that the squad is made of 20-something players where everybody wants to play and where there is space for everybody. Alexis is a very important addition for us. If the players are on the bench one day and they don’t like it, I’m happy with that.”
NO HENRIKH REGRETS
“Could he have performed better for us? Could I take more from his talent? Maybe. Could he also have given more to try to adapt to us? Maybe. But I don’t think regrets. In our history, he did important things for us, so a good feeling for everybody and a very specific transfer between two rivals in the same country is something that should happen more.”
ARSENAL’S STYLE OF PLAY SUITES MICKI
“I lost a fantastic player, Mr Wenger lost a fantastic player. I got a fantastic player, Mr Wenger got a fantastic player, so it was a great deal for everybody. I believe Micki is going to be even better than for us. Why? Because one-and-a-half years in England, adapted. Because of the way they play. That’s why I’m also happy for him.”
WHERE WILL ALEXIS PLAY?
“I saw him play on the right, the left, as a striker and behind the striker.
“I saw him play in different systems, I saw him successful in every country. He becomes more than a player because of that multi-functionality. He can play in four different positions.”
MANCHESTER UNITED IS GIANT WHILE ARSENAL IS FANTASTIC
“Alexis changed from a fantastic club to a giant club. Henrikh Mkhitaryan changed also to a fantastic club. So I think it was a great deal for everyone.”
ON RONALDO’S RUMOURS
“Real Madrid is a club I care about, so I am the last one to add [to the] fire. To put some water on the fire, I would say Cristiano is the kind of player that everyone wants, but only one manager can have and only one club can have – Zidane and Real Madrid. That’s my feeling.”
SANCHEZ WILL BE IMPORTANT FOR US
“He showed already the quality he has so we’ve got one of the best attacking players in the world. I think he’ll be very important for us because we want to have the best possible players.”
ALEXIS IN SQUAD TO FACE YEOVIL
“We are going to rest a couple of players but we have to go with a very strong team.”