But as the Red Devils slumped to a third defeat just seven games into the new league season at West Ham on Saturday to already fall nine points adrift of City, Sanchez was nowhere to be seen.
And luckily enough for the United manager, the man who asked the question was sitting right in front of the man who wrote the story: Sun journalist Neil Custis.
United fans would probably be able to excuse the poor football, although it goes against the usual way the team have played historically, if it wasn't for the poor results that have accompanied it.
"I think individually and as a team we were bad".More news: Game 163: Cubs & Brewers battle for the NL Central title Monday
Jesse Lingard, Ander Herrera, Ashley Young and Marcos Rojo all missed training ahead of Manchester United's Champions League home game against Valencia on Tuesday. "I don't believe any player goes onto the pitch and doesn't try".
Frank Lampard says Jose Mourinho is "a big boy", but admits he feels for his former boss as the Manchester United manager comes under increasing fire at Old Trafford.
"You can be laughing and be the saddest person in the world and you can be with a very sad face and you can be a fantastic actor and inside of you, you are very happy, so sometimes what you see is not what you get".
Mourinho said West Ham's first goal had been offside but admitted United had not been "aggressive" enough in defence in the lead-up to the Hammers' second before adding the referee was at fault prior to Arnautović's strike for not penalising a foul on Rashford. So we are here and we have the chance to play a big match. "I'm not asking you, "Who did you speak to yesterday or this morning", or your last phone call".
When imploring Mourinho to attack more after being held by Wolves, Pogba defended Sanchez's struggles to adapt from the more open football played at Barca and Arsenal.More news: Earl Thomas Carted Off the Field With Leg Injury
"It is a collective thing", Mourinho said.
Luke Shaw stepping up with Roy Keane (circa 2005) comments.
From this scathing assessment, it's clear that Shaw believes Man Utd's players should be looking at themselves rather than pointing the finger at Mourinho.
The Manchester United manager seems to be at loggerheads with everyone this season.More news: California shark attack: teen lobster diver injured