Alexis Sanchez has denied making a bet on Jose Mourinho’s sacking with his Manchester United team-mates.
It was reported by The Sun that the Chile international told defender Marcos Rojo he owed him £20,000 in a players’ Whats App group after Mourinho left the club on Tuesday.
According to the newspaper, the message read: “I told you so!! Patience is all it takes. Rojo you owe me £20k.”
But the former Arsenal man, whom Mourinho signed for United in January, says the claims are not true.
“This is FALSE!!!” he wrote on Twitter.
“Jose gave me the chance to play for the best team in the world and I only have gratitude for him.
“We are a truly United team. We are MANCHESTER UNITED. Respect. I can’t wait to help the team. Good luck tomorrow family!”
Sanchez has only scored four times for United since they beat rivals Manchester City to his signature in January and he is currently sidelined with a hamstring problem.
United will also be without Romelu Lukaku for Saturday’s clash with Cardiff City – live on talkSPORT – after the striker was given compassionate leave.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will lead the team out for the first time after being placed in caretaker charge for the remainder of the season following Mourinho’s sacking.
Mourinho was axed on Tuesday morning, bringing an end to his tumultuous two-and-a-half year reign.
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United moved quickly to bring in their former striker Solskjaer as his interim replacement, with Molde agreeing to ‘lend’ their manager to the Premier League giants.
“I didn’t think twice when they called me to sign me as a player, and obviously this is more of an honour and privilege to be helping the club for a few months I have to say,” the Norwegian said on Friday.
“It’s until the summer now, so it’s five or six months, just help out in the meantime while the club is doing a process to get the next manager from the summer onwards.”
Manchester United’s clash with Cardiff is LIVE on talkSPORT on Saturday, kick-off 17.55