As if Ed Woodward’s job wasn’t difficult enough, Alexis Sanchez has told the media that he expects Manchester United to sign “big, experienced” players in order to compete.

United have faced a major struggle trying to add quality to their squad for one reason or another, but are widely thought to be trying to get another defender in before tomorrow’s deadline.

And Alexis Sanchez told Sky Sports: “At United we have to sign big players, with experience. Barcelona just signed Arturo Vidal, who is a great player and my team-mate from Chile. He is an example of the type of players we need to sign in order to win trophies and compete at the highest level.”

The World Cup has depleted Jose Mourinho’s squad further, with Sanchez ironically being one of the freshest considering Chile didn’t qualify for the tournament. The striker will play on Friday night against Leicester and he is looking forward to getting started, as well as linking up with new team-mates.

“From what I’ve seen in training, Fred is a player who always wants to get forward, he is always trying to get forward and from a personal point of view I think we’ll be able to combine well and it will be good for my game,” he said. “The truth is I’m very eager to get started with the new season, and I’m very motivated. I think when you go to a new club in the middle of a season it’s always hard. In the five or six months that I’ve been here, it was all about learning, new training methods, working with a new coach and getting to know my team-mates. I want to now show everyone what I know I can do and what I’m capable of and bring something to the team and performing for my team-mates.”