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Alexis Sanchez to be in Manchester United squad vs. Yeovil – Mourinho

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MANCHESTER — Jose Mourinho has confirmed new Manchester United signing Alexis Sanchez will feature against Yeovil Town on Friday night.

Sanchez, who sealed his transfer to Old Trafford on Monday, is set to make his debut in the FA Cup fourth-round clash at Huish Park on Friday night after Mourinho confirmed the Chile forward will travel.

“In the Premier League he has shown already the quality he has, we got one of the best attacking players in the world,” Mourinho said.

“I think he’s very important for us because we want to have the best possible players.”

Mourinho, meanwhile, has praised Ed Woodward and the United board for a “fantastic deal” to bring Sanchez to Old Trafford in January.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan headed to Arsenal as part of the deal and Mourinho said the Armenian will be better off at the Emirates.

Alexis Sanchez
Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez with the forward’s Arsenal contract having six months left to run.

Mkhitaryan helped United win the Europa League in his first season following a £26 million move from Borussia Dortmund, but often struggled in the Premier League leading Mourinho to say the midfielder had “disappeared” in games this season.

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He said: “I think it was a fantastic deal and a fantastic deal is only fantastic if it is good for everybody.

“United and Arsenal made a fantastic deal, I lost a fantastic player, Mr Wenger lost a fantastic player, Alexis changed from a fantastic club to a giant club and Mkhi changed for a fantastic club, so was a great deal for everybody.

“I believe Mkhi is going to be even better than he was with us. With one-and-a-half years in England, adapted, knows, Arsenal play the way they think, I think is a good move for everybody, that’s why I’m also happy for Mkhi.

“Could he perform better with us, could I take more from his talent? Maybe. Could he give a little more also to adapt to us? Maybe but I don’t think regrets.

“He’s in our history, so good feeling for everybody and a very specific transfer between rivals in a big country which I have to say must happen more times.”

Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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