- Sanchez has arrived Manchester United base in America after reportedly been delayed by visa issue
- The Chilean star joined up with his Red Devils teammates immediately after arriving California
- Sanchez joined Manchester United from Arsenal in January as part of a swap deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan go the Emirates
Chilean forward Alexis Sanchez rejoined Manchester United’s training session on Saturday after finally teaming up with squad members at their US tour base in California.
According to a UK Sun report, the 29-year-old forward was reportedly delayed by visa issues following his 16-month suspended tax fraud sentence during his spell at Barcelona, and is likely to be on parade against San Jose Earthquakes on Monday.
The Chilean could not catch the initial flight out to Los Angeles last Sunday, where the Red Devils squad trained before their 1-1 draw with Mexican side Club America in Arizona on Thursday.
Sanchez was sighted in Wilmslow wearing a new look, with reports suggesting his past dealings with Spanish tax authorities denied him from entering the US.
Interestingly, in February, Sanchez coughed out about £890,000 fine in order to avoid prison after accepting a 16-month sentence no thanks to issues centered on defrauding the Spanish government over image rights claims at Barcelona.
The former Arsenal forward trained alone at home before arriving on Saturday, immediately joined the rest of the gang to show off some of his workaholic qualities.
Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho was initially disturbed that the Chilean absence from pre-season may likely affect his fitness level going into the new Premier League campaign.
The Chilean forward is experiencing his first pre-season since 2013 after the South American nation did not progress to the just concluded 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia, but must now increase his training regimes to be in shape ahead of Manchester United's Premier League opener against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Friday August 10.
The Red Devils are likely to miss most squad members for the encounter, with players like Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Romelu Lukaku all enjoying an extended vacation after playing in the final weekend of the Mundial in Russia.
The Old Trafford side are short of quality going forward, thus making the Chilean’s arrival a major boost for the Premier League side.
Interestingly, the non-appearance of Sanchez and the World Cup stars from the Manchester United team that faced Club America meant that only 37,000 fans were in stands at Glendale.
Juan Mata's goal was enough to secure a draw in their first of five pre-season fixtures in the US, which moves to San Jose in Santa Clara, California, on Sunday.
Manchester United will then travel to Carson to battle Serie A side AC Milan on July 26 in their opening game of the International Champions Cup.
The Red Devils will test the might of Premier League rivals two days later before 100,000 fans in Michigan.
Mourinho and his team will round up their pre-season with a showdown against Champions League winners Real Madrid in Miami on August 1.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously had reported Sanchez will join his teammates in the United States in a few days to start pre-season preparations with the squad.
The 29-year-old was initially denied visa by the US goverment due to the tax case leveied against him while playing for Barcelona.
Jose Mourinho's men are scheduled to play five matches while in the States and were probably not expecting their most paid player to take part during the tour.
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