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Alexis Sánchez cleared to join MUFC US Tour

The Chilean’s Visa is approved after fears he would have to stay in Manchester

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Alexis Sánchez and Manchester United fans can breathe a sigh of relief after the Chilean forward’s travel visa was approved by US authorities.

Manchester United’s number seven took to social media to confirm that he will be traveling to America to link up with the rest of the team.


The news will be most welcomed by manager José Mourinho, who already has a much depleted squad for the tour due to World Cup participants given an extra rest period. Mourinho spoke earlier in the week about not having Sánchez present.

“It is really bad, really sad, not good for him, for me, the team,” the manager said. “There is no one to blame; the club is making the effort. I have to respect the US authorities in their process of visas. But hopefully he joins us later because it could be important to work with Martial, Alexis and Mata – the players we have in attack for start of the season. There is no Lukaku, Lingard or Rashford.”

Sánchez’s difficulty getting approval for a visa was thought to be because of a Spanish prison sentence that Sanchez accepted back in February.

Manchester United face Club America in Phoenix, AZ tonight at 7pm local time. Sánchez should be available for the Reds’ next game against San Jose Earthquakes this Sunday.