An update to this story as Manchester United have confirmed Alexis Sanchez’s visa issue has been resolved and he will now travel to the United States to begin preseason training.
The Chile international will now fly out to Los Angeles to join his team-mates and could feature for United against San Jose Earthquakes on Sunday.
Alexis Sanchez has trained alone at Manchester United’s Carrington training ground having been unable to join their US pre-season tour due to issues over his visa.
Sanchez has been working with his lawyer Ruben Inostroza Povea and United’s legal team to resolve the issue, which relates to him accepting a 16-month prison sentence in February for defrauding the Spanish tax authorities of £885,000 during his time as a Barcelona player.
It is hoped that the 29-year-old will be able to obtain a visa waiver in time to join up with the five-match tour, which begins with a game against MLS side Club America in Phoenix in the early hours of Friday morning.
Sanchez has struggled to pick up Jose Mourinho’s system and the hope was that with a fill preseason that the Chile international could regain the form that made him one of the Premier League’s best players at Arsenal.
Not having the striker in Los Angeles with everyone else naturally has Jose Mourinho upset:
“He’s very sad,” said Mourinho on Wednesday. “It’s not good for him or me, not good for anyone.
“There is no one to blame – the club is making an effort. “I have to respect the US authorities in their process of selection of visas. I hope he will come to join us.
“It’s important to work with [Juan] Mata, [Anthony] Martial and Alexis as they will be the players we think that will start our season in attack.”
United play the first match of their pre-season tour against Club America at 3am on Friday morning at the University of Phoenix Stadium, before further games in the US against San Jose Earthquakes, AC Milan, Liverpool and Real Madrid.