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Jose Mourinho insists Alexis Sanchez ‘has to play’ for Manchester United on Sunday regardless of jet lag

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Jose Mourinho has insisted that Alexis Sanchez “has to play” for Manchester United on Sunday.

The Chilean striker was unable to fly to America for the pre-season tour with the rest of the squad because of issues with his visa.

Alexis Sanchez joined the Reds from Arsenal in January

Sanchez will now make the 11-hour flight to the United States ahead of the showdown with San Jose Earthquakes this weekend.

Even though he could still be suffering with jet lag, the Reds boss is confident that he will play.

Mourinho said: “It is not about when he can [play], but when he has to.

“We have no players and especially in attack we have no players.

Alexis Sanchez continued to train while the issue with his visa was sorted

“Today was Martial and when Martial left the pitch, it was Mata and when Mata went to the sides, it was a kid (Greenwood) and this was the first time he trained with us in this pre-season.

“No Lukaku, no Rashford, not here and probably not for the start of the Premier League.

“So, it is about when Alexis lands, and when he lands he has to play because he trained with us for five days before we depart to LA.

“We left one fitness coach behind with him for individual training.

“When he arrives he has to play. If he’s coming, he has to play.”

Sanchez missed the opening match against Club America, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

Jose Mourinho will play the striker after his 11-hour journey

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