The Manchester United forward’s incredible work-ethic started when he was playing for Serie A side Udinese

It’s been a slow start at Old Trafford for Alexis Sanchez. 

Manchester United’s marquee January signing has failed to really make an impression under Jose Mourinho, scoring just once (from a rebounded penalty against Huddersfield) in his first four appearances.

Still, we’re sure the Chilean will get his act together sooner or later.

After all, he’s overcome a lot more in his illustrious career.

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The 29-year-old features prominently in the latest issue of Man United magazine Inside United, and there’s a great piece by Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto – who followed Sanchez during his time with Serie A side Udinese, where he played between 2006 and 2011.


Sanchez was just a skinny winger when he first joined Udinese

Recalling his first season in Udine, Oleotto said: “He was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot.

“The physicality in the penalty area was too much for him, but the team needed him more central, closer to the goal, to make the most of his dribbling.

“So he began improving his body and they built him an ad-hoc gym.

“He worked out for two hours a day after training, I remember seeing him halfway through pre-season training camp and being shocked by how much muscle he had…

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