Manchester United are interested in Barcelona winger Alexis Sanchez. The Chile international has been in impressive form for Barca, but faces the axe with Lionel Messi due to return from his thigh strain this week.

Despite his goalscoring performances, Sanchez knows he's strictly a backup for star duo Messi and Neymar.

Sport says United have been testing the ground this week about Sanchez's situation, with manager David Moyes driving the interest.

Former United boss Sir Alex Ferguson made an attempt for Sanchez when he was still with Udinese and the English club enjoy a good relationship with the player's agent, Fernando Felicevich.

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