How Man Utd forward Alexis Sanchez shed his ?skinny winger? label - football




How Man Utd forward Alexis Sanchez shed his ?skinny winger? label

How Man Utd forward Alexis Sanchez shed his ?skinny winger? label

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez used to spend two hours in a custom-built gym to rid himself of his “skinny winger” tag, according to an Italian journalist. The Chilean, now 29, […]The post How Man Utd forward Alexis Sanchez shed his “skinny winger” label appeared first on Squawka News.

Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez used to spend two hours in a custom-built gym to rid himself of his “skinny winger” tag, according to an Italian journalist.
The Chilean, now 29, joined United from Arsenal during the January transfer window on a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the other way – but he made his name in Europe as a youngster at Udinese.
Sanchez signed for the Serie A club in 2007 as an 18-year-old and, having spent his first 18 months out on loan, used his time in Italy to put on muscle mass.
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?In his first season, he [Alexis] was skinny and stayed on the right wing a lot,? Italian journalist Pietro Oleotto told Manchester United’s club magazine. ?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 put on.?
Such was Sanchez’s dedication to getting fit, the winger once ran 8km home having locked his car keys and mobile phone in his car when out shopping.
Oleotto continued: ?Once, after training, Alexis drove into Udine to do some shopping. But he accidentally locked his keys and mobile phone in his car.
“I’m not sure what most people would have done, but he just ran home. He jogged the 8km from the heart of the city to his house in the hills.
“Bemused locals saw him in his club track... view: 0
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