Alexis Sanchez took to Instagram on Thursday evening to expend years of pent-up frustration after a miserable experience of being a Manchester United player.
He laid the blame for his disastrous time at Old Trafford at the feet of everyone other than himself, taking aim at the club, journalists and pundits alike for making his existence in the North West so unbearable for the past 30 months.
The dearth of ears sympathetic to this tale tells its own story.
If Manchester United and all those others who had the finger pointed in their chest were inclined to reply then it would make for a pretty uncomfortable listen for the Chilean.
In an extraordinary video Alexis Sanchez blamed others for his failure at Manchester United
Sanchez lifted the lid on his time at United, casting blame anywhere but in his own direction
The truth of the matter is that there was only one person responsible for showing he was deserving the highest salary the Premier League had ever seen – a weekly package that was worth up to £560,000-a-week.
Sanchez went through, section by section, in a six-minute and nine-second video where he had been failed by the club.
So here Sportsmail takes a look, section by section, where he let down a club that had shown him a huge amount of faith, and a fanbase that tried to back him all the way too.SIGNING FOR UNITED WITHOUT THINKING
Alexis Sanchez began his video by explaining the rushed circumstances behind his move to Manchester United.
'I got the opportunity to go to United and it seemed tempting to me. It was something nice for me, because when I was a kid I liked that club a lot,’ he said.
'I ended up signing without much information about what was happening in the move.’
The final part of that first statement, that he put pen to paper ‘without much information’ shouldn’t emote any sympathy whatsoever.
Sanchez proved to be a colossal waste of money, scoring just five goals in 45 matches
It had been clear for some time that Sanchez was looking to leave Arsenal, and it was also widely accepted that his preferred option was to join United’s neighbours Manchester City.
There was certainly a sense that the deal was done in some haste, the Chilean was desperate for a way out at Arsenal, feeling that regular European football and competing for trophies was not a given there.
It was already half-way through the season, and his first-choice club were not stumping up the cash. It is not Manchester United’s fault that Sanchez, perhaps having his attention drawn by the incredible wage packet put in front of him, decided to accept their terms. They did not force him to Old Trafford, and neither was he frogmarched out of the Emirates.
The player would likely admit privately now that he wished he had waited until the summer, to see if City could put together a package that Arsenal would accept. It was his own impatience that became his undoing.ASKING TO HAVE HIS CONTRACT RIPPED UP
Sanchez went on describe his first day at United, an unmitigated disaster by his telling of the story.
‘The first days that I was with my colleagues, sometimes there are things that you do not realise until you arrive,’ he said.
'The first training I had I realised many things. I came home and I told my representative: "Can't the contract be terminated to return to Arsenal?"
'They start laughing and I told them that something did not sit right with me. It had already been signed.'
No wonder his agent was laughing. We’ve all had a bad day at work, but to ask to have your contract ripped up after one day is petulant at best. At worst, it gives us a glimpse into the character of a player who is very quick to down tools.
Sanchez wanted to move to Manchester City but that deal fell through and he joined United
After agreeing to such staggering terms, you would have thought that a star worth their salt would feel some sense of duty to making the move fit. Instead, as we heard through other sources, he did the exact opposite, becoming more and more withdrawn within Carrington and shrinking into the background.
As Sportsmail's Chris Wheeler reported one source having said just months after Sanchez joined: ‘He looks like someone who doesn't want to be here.
'The whole thing doesn't seem right and he looks like a lost boy.’
He would move around the training ground with a miserable look etched on his face, often sitting on his own to eat in the canteen.
That is not the actions of someone looking to make things work.
Sanchez looked a shadow of the player who stood out on so many occasions for Arsenal
For Sanchez, there was another reality check at the beginning of the 2018-19 season. Ahead of the clash with West Ham on September 29, he was informed that he had been left out of