Photos: Alexis Sanchez training alone at Carrington amid problems with United States entry

by Leo Nieboer

Alexis Sanchez has been training by himself at Carrington amid continued problems with acquiring a VISA to gain entry into the United States.

Manchester United flew to Los Angeles on Sunday and take on Mexican side Club America on Wednesday night in their first pre-season match of the tour.

Sanchez is currently serving a suspended prison sentence for tax fraud which by law precludes him from VISA entry into the United States, although there is hope he’ll be granted a waiver.

As things currently are, however, the Chilean has been forced to train in solitude as he waits on being granted entry to the U.S.

There are no doubts whatsoever that Sanchez will be fit enough ahead of the new campaign. The forward, enjoying his first summer without international commitments since 2013, chose to spend his free time doing shuttle runs in the Atacama desert. That’s the kind of person he is.

Cause for concern relates more to his integration within the squad. Sanchez often looked isolated on the pitch last season, unable to enmesh himself into the wider fabric of the team, and pre-season serves as the perfect time change that. Sitting at home in Manchester with his dogs won’t help anything.

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