Paul Ince: This is the real reason why Sanchez chose Manchester United over City

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Paul Ince insists Alexis Sanchez chose to join Manchester United over Manchester City because the Red Devils are ‘miles bigger’ than their rivals

Sanchez appears to be edging towards his move from Arsenal to Old Trafford, after Jose Mourinho revealed on Saturday that the club are working tirelessly behind the scenes to conclude the deal.

The Chilean was previously linked with a move to fierce rivals Man City – the Blues had an approach for the winger rejected by Arsenal last season and had revived their interest this month, but it was claimed they pulled out of the running over the finances involved in the deal.

That’s not the opinion of former Man United and England star Ince, though.

“Everyone is raving about City, but when it comes to the two clubs, Man United are miles bigger,” he said in an interview with Paddy Power.

“Players would still prefer to go to them over Pep’s side – that’s a fact. Players won’t go to City because they think they’re a bigger, more historic club than United. Because they’re simply not.

“Some might get the quick satisfaction of winning the league this year, but those years of history, and the side that Mourinho is building – players want to be a part of that.

“This signing only confirms that. Sanchez had the opportunity to go into a team where he could have won a trophy. But he didn’t, he chose to go to United because of everything they stand for and that says a lot about the size of the club.

“City have some unbelievable players, but winning the league this year doesn’t mean anything. They need to do that year upon year and collect trophies to compete with United. That’s the true test. They’re not serial winners. United are and that’s why players want to be there.

“We all presumed Sanchez would join Man City. There was all this talk about how desperate he was to be reunited with Pep Guardiola from their Barcelona days.

“Suddenly, Man United is the destination for him, and that is a massive statement from the club. He’s one of the best players in the Premier League, and they’ve had a lot of competition to sign him.

“This is their way of saying: ‘Don’t belittle us. We’re still the biggest club in the league and we can get who we want.’

“It seems United, City, Liverpool and Chelsea were all after him. Sanchez choosing United sends a big message to those clubs, especially Man City.”

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