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What Alexis Sanchez told Jose Mourinho before Manchester United debut

Alexis Sanchez asked Jose Mourinho to start him in Manchester United's 4-0 FA Cup win at Yeovil.
Sanchez made his debut in United's fourth round tie at Huish Park, where he created Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera's goals and received the man of the match award.
The 29-year-old had not started a match since Arsenal's 2-2 draw with Chelsea on January 3 but Sanchez was eager to hone his telepathy with his new teammates.
"I'm very happy," Mourinho said of Sanchez's performance. "I think no surprise for anyone, three years in the Premier League, playing every week and everybody knows what Alexis is, he's the kind of player that to buy, you don't put a question mark in front, you don't think about adaptation or something like that in relation to the English football.
"So no surprise for us, fantastic player, he shows that for the last three years and the past three days where he was training with us.
"I think he needed to play, he spoke [to me], he needed to play, he didn't play for Arsenal I think the last two or three matches, his training was not good, when you have half of your body in the Emirates and half of your body in Manchester, you don't train well and he needed to play.
"I was not sure about 90 minutes, I wanted to go for the 60, 70 or 75, and was good because people starts understanding his game better and he can also understand his fellow players better.
"I was impressed with his attitude, I think I did also my job well in that I told my players to be ready for that [physical approach], and never react because sometimes the top players lose their head and lose their balance and sometimes they are the ones who are going to be punished.
"I understand referee Paul [Tierney]'s decision not to show the red card because this is a special day and 10 against 11 in that moment probably game over.
"But we love the FA Cup, we love to come to these stadiums, but the players needed a little bit of protection but the good thing with Alexis is he is a tough guy, has a good mentality and I am happy with everything he did."
United endured an awkward first-half until Rashford capitalised on hesitant defending to break the deadlock in the 41st minute. Yeovil kept United at bay for 64 minutes in the clubs's third round tie in the competition in 2015 and one of the starters that day - Herrera - scored again to make it 2-0.
Herrera and Luke Shaw were the only starters from that tie three years ago Mourinho believes the previous Yeovil experience prepared United for a testing first 45 minutes on Friday evening.
"I think it was a professional performance," Mourinho added. "They [United players] had the experience a couple of years ago where the team also comes here and some of the players knew it was going to be difficult until we scored the first goal and if they scored before us the situation would be even more difficult.
"So first-half was difficult, they were very well organised, they knew what they wanted to do on the pitch, I was listening to the manager in the technical area and what he was asking to his players, he was really well organised but the team was professional, and then in the second-half winning 1-0, we found the spaces that we didn't have in the first-half and the second goal came and game over."

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