Alexis Sanchez has revealed that he lost his confidence whilst he played under Jose Mourinho at Manchester United.

The Chilean, who is now on loan at Inter, spent 11 months under the stewardship of the Portuguese tactician at Old Trafford and whilst he acknowledged some of Mourinho’s best qualities, he also slammed him for the way he was treated by the former Inter manager.

“I say things as they are and in my opinion, Mourinho is one of the best coaches in the world in the way that he coaches, how he studies videos, the way he goes about things,” he told British broadcaster BBC Sport, as cited by British news outlet The Daily Mirror.

“But then, within the group there was that feeling that you were in the team then out. Sometimes I didn’t play, then I did, then I didn’t and as a player you lose confidence, each player lost their confidence, do you understand?”

Sanchez, who still has a contract with the Premier League club until the end of the 2021/22 season, went on to conclude the interview by adding: “An atmosphere was created that wasn’t healthy. Sometimes I’m playing well and I score a goal.

“He took me off and I’d say, ‘I love football, I love football.’ I’ve played football since I was five and if I have the ball taken away from me, it’s as if I lose my joy. I’m like that.”

Whilst out on loan at Inter, who he could reportedly stay with past the end of this season, the former Barcelona and Arsenal attacker has made 15 appearances across all competitions to date, in which he has scored one goal and provided three assists for his Nerazzurri teammates.