Alexis Sanchez is worried that people have not seen the best of him yet at Manchester United and says he “would like to have brought more joy to the club”.
In a wide-ranging interview alongside team-mate Ander Herrera with the BBC, the Chilean winger also discusses his struggles at Old Trafford under former manager Jose Mourinho.
Herrera backs Sanchez to be “important” for the club and says interim United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has “brought the smiles”.
‘I would like to have brought more joy to the club’
Sanchez has failed to replicate his form at Arsenal since joining United in January 2018 on a four-and-a-half-year deal worth a reported £14m a year.
Coupled with injury, he has scored just five goals in 37 appearances.
He came on as a substitute for the injured Jesse Lingard late in the first half of the 2-0 Champions League defeat by Paris St-Germain on Tuesday and was widely criticised for an underwhelming performance.
But the 30-year-old confirmed reports he was injured after an assistant referee ran into him as he warmed up on the sidelines.
Sanchez said: “The referee’s assistant, when we had a counter-attack, came flying down the line, and I had my foot there and he crashed into me. Bang.
“And I went back to the dugout and I said to [reserve goalkeeper] Sergio Romero: ‘I’ve just been whacked and I’m about to go on’.
“I’ve got bruising but that’s not an excuse for not being on my game in the way that I normally am.”
Sanchez has started just three games under Solskjaer, with Frenchman Anthony Martial, 23, preferred on the wing instead.