Arturo Vidal backs Alexis Sanchez to be a success at Manchester United
Arturo Vidal is excited about Alexis Sanchez's move to Manchester United and hopes his international teammate will prove his worth with the Red Devils.
Sanchez, 29, became the first Chilean to feature in a competitive game for United when playing a key role in a 4-0 win over Yeovil Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Friday. He did not score but set up goals for Marcus Rashford and Ander Herrera.
"I was with [Vidal's agent] Fernando [Felicevich] and we saw the game," Vidal told Radio Cooperativa when asked about Sanchez's debut with United. "It was good and I'm happy because he started to play again.
"We hope that he gets into the rhythm and proves all his quality that we all know Alexis has."
Linked with a move to Chelsea this month, Vidal recently stated that he would not leave Bayern Munich in the winter transfer window but didn't rule out a possible departure at the end of the season.
Vidal, who joined Bayern in the summer of 2015 from Juventus in a €37 million transfer, scored his sixth league goal in Saturday's 5-2 home win over Hoffenheim in his 12th league start this season. The 30-year-old midfielder is tied to the Bundesliga giants until June 2019 and is focused on winning every possible title.
"In all the teams that I've been at, I've shown guts, effort..." he said. "I try to score at difficult times and help the team to win early on.
"It's always been the same and that is why in the last seven years, I've won almost everything, the only thing missing is the Champions [League]. I hope this year to have better luck and win everything."
Bayern, 16 points clear of Bayer Leverkusen at the top of the Bundelsiga standings, host Besiktas in the round of 16 of Europe's elite club competition on Feb. 20.
Adriana Garcia is a Valencia-based football writer who covers La Liga for ESPN FC.