Jose Mourinho says he always had the impression that Alexis Sanchez was “a sad man” but hopes his former Manchester United player can regain his form at Inter.
Sanchez joined United from Arsenal in January 2018 while Mourinho was in charge, rejecting an offer from fierce rivals Manchester City in the process.
The Chile international was unable to secure a place in the Red Devils’ starting XI, however, as the side failed to keep up with their dominant neighbours.
Sanchez, 30, made just 45 appearances for United before leaving to join Inter on loan and team up with another Old Trafford outcast, Romelu Lukaku.
While Mourinho admits his approach with Sanchez may not have been enough to help him thrive in Manchester, the former United boss says the attacker just did not seem happy at the club.
“Sanchez… I felt him [to be] not a happy man,” he said to The Telegraph . “And I think in every job you have when you are not happy it is not so easy to perform at every level. And maybe I am wrong. Maybe it was me who was not capable to get into him and to get the best out of him.
“As a manager sometimes you have the capacity to get the best out of the players and other times you are not successful in that approach. But the reality is that I always felt [of Sanchez], ‘a sad man’. So probably in Italy he will recover this. I hope he can. I always wish well to every player.”