Manchester United new signing, Alexis Sanchez has revealed that former manager Alex Ferguson was close to getting his signature for the Reds.

Sanchez, then playing for Udinese, was tipped to replace Cristiano Ronaldo at Old Trafford, but instead headed to Barcelona in 2011.

Six years after, Sanchez has now joined United in a direct swap deal with Henrikh Mkhitaryan heading to Arsenal.

“Since I was a young lad I've always said that my dream was to play for Manchester United, and I'm not just saying that because I'm here now and today it's come true,” he told MUTV. “I always said as a kid that I'd like to play for United and I once spoke to Sir Alex Ferguson about it.

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“We chatted for around 20 minutes. And I told him that my dream was to come here to Manchester United.

“It really is a massive club, very powerful, and so now, when I got the opportunity to come here, I looked at the badge and my hairs just stood up on end because it's a powerful club and the biggest in England.

“I've always been motivated by this club, by their red colours, which have always stood out for me and I'm genuinely saying this from the heart when I tell you that this is like a dream come true for me, playing for Manchester United.

"It makes me feel really happy and I'm so pleased to be here at the 'Theatre of Dreams' as everyone calls it."

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