Manchester United flop Alexis Sanchez came off the bench to score a dramatic 121st-minute winner against Juventus to seal Inter Milan’s first Italian Super Cup since 2010.
The Chilean stunned Max Allegri’s side with the final kick of a game which looked destined to be decided by a penalty shootout.
The 33-year-old pounced when his former Manchester United teammate Matteo Darmian managed to nudge the ball into his path after Juventus left-back Alex Sandro failed to control and clear a cross.
Inter’s number seven slotted the ball past Mattia Perin to spark wild celebrations from the Nerazzurri at the San Siro.
Victory meant that former Lazio manager Simone Inzaghi won his first piece of silverware as Inter boss, having taken over from title-winning manager Antonio Conte in the summer.
Speaking to Mediaset after starting the game on the bench, Sanchez said: “The more a champion plays, the better he is, and he does things nobody else can do.
“Today it was like that. I thought I would start because I was in form, I respect the coach but I was hungry to win… I felt like a caged lion, if they let me play I’m a monster.”
Despite scoring seven goals and registering seven assists under Conte last season, the Chile international gave an insight into his relationship with the Italian.
Sanchez said: “He told me that no one was like me and that he would put me on in the last 15 minutes because I made the difference, but I replied that he made me suffer and that he should put me on from the start.”
So far this season, Sanchez has four goals and three assists from 18 games across all competitions.
Following his infamous move to United from Arsenal, it was a transfer that didn’t work out for anyone.
Sanchez is probably never going to re-reach the heights he showed at the peak of his powers at Arsenal, but he is still showing he can prove to be the difference in big games.
But for United fans, Sanchez’s best performance in a Red shirts probably came via the piano rather than on the pitch.
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