Patrice Evra has questioned if Alexis Sanchez’s move to Manchester United was motivated by money after he turned down the chance to join rivals City.
The Chilean signed a huge contract worth £500,000 a week at Old Trafford after pushing to leave Arsenal in January of last year.
Sanchez had appeared destined for a reunion with Pep Guardiola – who he played under at Barcelona – with Manchester City as they chased the title.
He instead chose to move to United, but has failed to find his best form, having scored just five goals in 45 appearances over the last 16 months.
Speaking to Gary Neville in an interview for Sky Sports, the former United defender said: ‘Some players only come for the money, I am not afraid to say that.
‘I have nothing against him, but Sanchez, when I saw the deal, that’s when I thought the Manchester United history just went down.
‘He had Manchester City, they were offering less money but he was going to play a better football than United – I’m sorry about that, but City play better football. Guardiola will also improve him.’
Evra, who played for United for seven-and-a-half years and won 10 major trophies, added: ‘So I want to know what is the real reason for choosing United? Don’t tell me he loved Manchester United when he was a kid.
‘It’s either the money or he wanted to be the number one, take the No 7 shirt and be the star.’