Alexis Sanchez joins Chile camp for Sweden friendly despite being asked to rest

Alexis Sanchez joins Chile camp for Sweden friendly despite being asked to rest

- Chile are set to play Sweden in an international friendly game on Saturday, March 24

- Though they will not be participating in this year's FIFA World Cup championship staging in Russia

- Meanwhile, Manchester United striker, Alexis Sanchez has joined the team despite being told to rest

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez has joined his Chilean teammates ahead of their international friendly match against Sweden on Saturday, March 24.

The 29-year-old has had a disappointing start to his reign at Old Trafford, after scoring just one goal in his first three months at the club.

Meanwhile, his form at his new club has forced his national team manager to ask him to stay away from their camp, but he said after joining the camp that he likes to task himself.

After teaming up with his national team colleagues, the former Barcelona star, says it has been very hard adapting to life at United, adding that he contemplated moving to Sweden in the process.

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"As I am self-demanding, I expected something better," he said.

"After my arrival at United, it was hard to change everything very quickly. I even hesitated to come to Sweden."

His decision to finally join the Chilean team was motivated by his discussion with Manchester City keeper - and national team captain - Claudio Bravo.

He added: "I had asked permission to miss these games (Chile also play Denmark on Tuesday) but then I thought better and spoke with Claudio and told him that we should all be united."

Sanchez became United’s highest paid player at the club after joining the Red Devils in a swap deal that saw former Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan sign a deal with Arsenal in January, and made his debut in their FA Cup fourth-round win at Yeovil four days later.

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He scored in United's 2-0 win over Huddersfield on 3 February, but has failed to add to his tally in seven appearances since.

"The change of club was something that was very abrupt - it was the first time I've changed clubs in January - but many things have happened in my life that are difficult," added the former Udinese and Barcelona player.

Snachez inspired Chile to back to back Copa America titles in 2015 and 2016, but failed to qualify for this year's World Cup finals in Russia.

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