Football, Rugby, UFC, GAA
All free when you join eir Broadband
Alexis Sanchez has admitted that he has found it "very hard" since moving to Manchester United in January.
The Chilean almost joined Man City last summer before the deal collapsed on the final day of the transfer window but he was widely expected to move to the Etihad in January.
However, it was Utd who secured the services of the forward and the signing was anticipated to hugely improve the side's attacking prowess.
But after only scoring once in his first 10 games it looked like the former Arsenal player was struggling to settle but having orchestrated Utd's brilliant comeback to beat City 3-2 a fortnight ago, Sanchez again proved his worth with a goal and an all-round impressive display in their FA Cup semi-final win over Spurs on Saturday.
Utd will play the winners of the second semi-final between Chelsea and Southampton - which you can watch live on the eir Sport pack on BT Sport 1 [kick-off 3pm] - in the decider next month and Sanchez was open about his problems adapting to his new surroundings, and about the demands of Jose Mourinho.
“In truth it’s been very hard for me, coming to a big club, it changed everything,” he said. “So today I’m really happy, for the team, the goal and for the attitude we showed throughout the game.
“It was a great pass from Paul Pogba, and when the ball was in the air I wanted to hit it to the near post but then I saw the goalkeeper go the other way so I changed to the far post to catch him off balance.
“He [Mourinho] is a coach that demands a lot, and when we lose he gets very angry. We need those kind of demands to get the best out of us. He asks me to play a free role, to enjoy myself, to attack, defend, to do everything!
“What can we take from this season? It’s been difficult, I think next year we have to go for it. It was a tough change for me. The coach told me to speak with him as he’s not used to bringing in players in January. It has been demanding but we hope to win the final.
“United are special because of their history, they have so much history on a world level. You guys can see that when you come to the stadium.
"The fans too, I have come here and I want to win everything next year with this team and with the coach.”
Chelsea face Southampton in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley on Sunday live on BT Sport 1 [kick off 3pm].
Image: Getty/Shaun Botterill
eir Sport channels are available across the eir Vision, Sky and Vodafone TV platforms as well as on the eir Sport app. All 7 channels on the eir Sport pack are available for free if you are a residential eir broadband customer