Jose Mourinho has addressed reports Alexis Sanchez may leave Manchester United

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It’s difficult to recall a player whose form has crippled in a shorter amount of time than Alexis Sanchez.

The Chilean joined Manchester United from Arsenal as part of a swap deal including Henrikh Mkhitaryan last January, and there’s no question which club has gotten the better deal.

Sanchez is thought to be earning up to £490,000-a-week at Old Trafford, which means he predominantly accounts for the ten per cent rise in the Red Devils’ wage bill for the last quarter.

Of course, there’s an argument that modern football clubs will pay whatever a player is worth in the market.

However, that logic simply no longer holds true in the case of Sanchez.

The 29-year-old has made just five Premier League starts this season, scoring once when we came off the bench in an infamous 3-2 victory against Newcastle in October.

Clearly, that’s well short of the expected output of the player United thought they were paying for last winter.

Sanchez now has a mere four goals in 29 appearances across all competitions since trading London for Manchester, so he could be forgiven if the goal drought is playing on his mind.

There’s been plenty of talk that it could well be - some reports have even claimed his willingness to interact with teammates at training and in the dressing room is almost non-existent.

Should that be true, the ensuing reports of Sanchez pushing for a way out of United after barely 12 months are only natural.

Mourinho usually isn’t open to having such conversations with the media, but when asked on this occasion, he made an exception.

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"He has never told me that he wants to leave. He never told me that he's not happy to stay,” the Portuguese boss told reporters on Friday, per Goal.

"He is playing like the team. He is improving, like the team is improving, when he plays he is giving us his personality.

"His desire is to play and to produce for the team and [he is] trying to adapt to the way we play and vice versa.

"Can he do better? We all can do better. I can do better, he can do better, all the players can do better.”

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Only so much can be made of what Mourinho says on the matter, so we’ll have to wait and see if Sanchez really is prepared to stick around if his individual performances don’t pick up.

After all, these are meant to be the peak years of his career.

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