Jose Mourinho has heaped praise on Alexis Sanchez and revealed his Champions League know-how sets him apart from the other strikers at the club.
The Chilean forward arrived from Arsenal in a swap deal that had Henrik Mkhitaryan go the opposite direction.
As United gear up for Wednesday’s round of 16 Champions League clash with Sevilla, Mourinho has compared his new acquisition to other strikers at Old Trafford.
“Alexis has a level that my attacking players don’t have,” said Mourinho, while explaining why he was so keen on signing Sanchez.
“Alexis played Champions League for a few years with different clubs, at least one club that is feeling the responsibility to win it when he was at Barcelona.
“Of my other boys, Lukaku is the first season in the Champions League, Rashford, Martial, Lingard, just a few matches. We don’t have many with that know-how.
“Part of Alexis’ talent as a player is that he knows what the Champions League is and that is important because when you go to the knockout, then the semi-finals, it is for players who know how to compete at that level.”