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Man Utd's Chile hero Alexis: Worst six weeks of career

Manchester United striker Alexis Sanchez was delighted to help Chile to victory in their Copa America clash with Japan.

United's misfiring Chilean forward scored the third as his nation began their Copa America defence with a thumping 4-0 win over guest participants Japan last night.

The 30-year-old, who pockets £505k-a-week at Old Trafford, has not found the net since January 25 in the FA Cup against Arsenal.

Sanchez told reporters: “For six weeks I felt worse than I ever have before.

“I struggled in the first half as I felt stifled but in the second half I was more relaxed and played with more freedom and excitement."

While his nation winning the last two Copa America crowns, the United flop insists he and his team-mates are on the right track to make it a treble.

The ex-Arsenal man said: “I think we have improved as a team since 2015 in defending and getting on the attack quickly.

“We've won a very difficult game and now we have to think about our next one."

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