Alexis Sanchez to miss Manchester United’s Champions League clash with Juventus as Jose Mourinho declares: ‘He is not fit’
- Chilean forward to play no part in Champions League game with Juventus
- Manchester United boss Mourinho said: ‘He is not fit. Nothing to hide’
- Sanchez came off the bench late in United’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea on Saturday
- He had returned back from international duty with Chile 36 hours before game
- United host the Italian champions at Old Trafford on Tuesday evening
Alexis Sanchez will play no part in Manchester United’s Champions League match with Juventus, manager Jose Mourinho has confirmed.
The Chilean forward did not feature in Monday’s training session ahead of the Group H fixture at Old Trafford and Mourinho said: ‘He is not fit. Nothing to hide.’
He was a late substitute in United’s 2-2 Premier League draw at Chelsea on Saturday, having had limited preparation time after returning from international duty with Chile last week.
Alexis Sanchez has been ruled out of Manchester United’s match against Juventus
Manager Jose Mourinho confirmed Sanchez won’t be playing in his Monday press conference
It comes amid speculation Sanchez is searching for an escape route from Old Trafford just nine months after arriving from Arsenal on a £500,000-a-week contract.
His dramatic late winner against Newcastle United just prior to the international break was Sanchez’s first United goal since April’s FA Cup semi-final win over Tottenham.
Mourinho, speaking to the press on the eve of the Juventus game, also suggested that Marouane Fellaini, Victor Lindelof, Diogo Dalot, Scott McTominay and Jesse Lingard are also ruled out of the match.
None of them featured in the open training session held at United’s Carrington base on Monday morning.
Alexis Sanchez is not fit enough to play in Tuesday night’s Champions League showdown
The Chilean was a late substitute in United’s 2-2 draw at Chelsea in the Premier League
Jose confirms that Alexis Sanchez is unavailable for Tuesday's #UCL match. #MUFC
Man United fixtures
Premier League unless stated
Saturday Chelsea (A)
October 23 Juventus (H)
Champions League group stage
October 28 Everton (H)
November 3 Bournemouth (A)
November 7 Juventus (A)
Champions League group stage
November 11 Manchester City (A)
It means that United are likely to line up in a similar fashion against Juventus as they did at Chelsea, with Anthony Martial, Juan Mata and Marcus Rashford supporting Romelu Lukaku in attack.
The pressure on United to take maximum points from the Juventus game mounted after they were held 0-0 by Valencia on matchday two.
United had comfortably beat Young Boys 3-0 away from home in their opening game.
The meeting with the unbeaten Serie A leaders comes amid a tricky spell of fixture for under pressure Mourinho.
United drew 2-2 at Chelsea in the Premier League last Saturday and play in-form Everton, Bournemouth and Manchester City in their next league games.
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