Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez has opted for Manchester United over Manchester Metropolis as a result of the Purple Devils are “miles greater” than the runaway Premier League leaders, based on Paul Ince.
Chile worldwide Sanchez – out of contract on the finish of the season – is poised to hitch United having snubbed Pep Guardiola and Metropolis .
The 29-year-old ahead had been tipped to swap Arsenal for Metropolis in a reunion with former Barcelona boss Guardiola, nonetheless, United hijacked their neighbour’s transfer, with some previous gamers and pundits claiming Sanchez’s resolution relies on cash .
Nevertheless, former United midfielder Ince insisted Metropolis merely can not compete with the historical past of their rivals – the 20-time English champions.
“Everyone seems to be raving about Metropolis. However in terms of the 2 golf equipment, Man United are miles greater than Metropolis. Gamers would nonetheless favor to go to them over Pep’s facet – that is a truth. Gamers will not go to Metropolis as a result of they assume they are a greater, extra historic membership than United. As a result of they’re merely not,” Ince advised Paddy Energy .
“Some would possibly get the short satisfaction of profitable the league this yr, however these years of historical past, and the facet that [Jose] Mourinho is constructing – gamers need to be part of that.
“This signing solely confirms that. Sanchez had the chance to enter a group the place he may have gained a trophy. However he did not, he selected to go to United due to every little thing they stand for and that claims rather a lot concerning the measurement of the membership.
“Metropolis have some unbelievable gamers, however profitable the league this yr doesn’t suggest something. They want to try this yr upon yr and acquire trophies to compete with United. That is the true check. They are not serial winners. United are and that is why gamers need to be there.
“With the Champions League across the nook, it is a large increase. Sanchez hasn’t come to Outdated Trafford to not play. He is come to indicate how good he’s, on the highest stage, which is Europe. He is a particular participant and the type that does not come round that usually, and I might say United’s hopes of profitable their fourth European trophy have simply bought much more seemingly.”
Ince – a two-time Premier League winner at Outdated Trafford – added: “All of us presumed Sanchez would be a part of Man Metropolis. There was all this speak about how determined he was to be reunited with Pep Guardiola from their Barcelona days.
“Out of the blue, Man United is the vacation spot for him, and that could be a huge assertion from the membership. He is among the finest gamers within the Premier League, and so they’ve had plenty of competitors to signal him.
“That is their approach of claiming: ‘Do not belittle us. We’re nonetheless the largest membership within the league and we will get who we wish.’
“It appears United, Metropolis, Liverpool and Chelsea have been all after him. Sanchez selecting United sends a giant message to these golf equipment, particularly Man Metropolis.”