Manchester United’s supposed move for Alexis Sanchez came from absolutely nowhere, with the Red Devils now looking good to sign the Arsenal superstar.
The deal happened right under Manchester City’s noses, too, where it looked for all the world he would be headed. Somehow, Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils board have stolen one on Pep Guardiola and the blue half of the city, and personally, I’m loving it.
However, as you’d imagine, it’s irritated some people – including Arsenal hero Martin Keown. In his most recent column, he has gone as far as calling Sanchez a mercenary for making the move to Old Trafford rather than The Etihad Stadium, but it all sounds a bit like sour grapes to me.
“Sanchez has got to be the biggest mercenary in football.” Keown wrote in his column for the Daily Mail.
“Manchester City have wanted to sign Sanchez since the summer and, if no deal is done in January, they will be waiting for him at the end of the season.
“City would be the natural place for Sanchez to go to develop his football. He has worked with Pep Guardiola before.
“But for Sanchez, this is clearly not about going to the best team, working with Guardiola and taking his game to another level.
“He has probably thought that he will not get a better offer if he waits until the summer, so he might as well take the best deal on offer now. It has been all about the money.”
At the end of the day, whatever anyone says, United are still by far and away the biggest club in England. How dare Sanchez want to play in front of 75,000-a-week rather than a half-empty stadium just across the town?
Yes, money plays a factor, but when you’re the biggest club in the country you can naturally afford to pay the biggest wages. That’s just the way modern Premier League football works. And don’t even get me started on where Manchester City’s money comes from, they’re probably the first club you think of when it comes to splashing the cash at this point in time…