Those are the ideas of former Everton star-turned-pundit Leon Osman.
Manchester City, who didn’t signal Sanchez remaining summer season, were long-standing admirers of the Chilean.
United on the other hand, snuck beneath the radar and as Express Sport understands, tabled a bid which might see Henrikh Mkhitaryan used as a makeweight in a January deal.
Mourinho is taking a look to make additions to his squad, and has already coated up Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil and Bordeaux celebrity Malcom as doable objectives.
And Osman thinks Mourinho must take some credit score for his passion in Sanchez.
“I think Jose [Mourinho] has been very clever,” Osman instructed Sky Sports’ The Debate.
“I learn someplace Jose shouldn’t be going for Sanchez, as a result of it will be every other kick within the tooth if he loses to Man City.
“I see it as being very artful.
“I feel simply by going for the participant, he’s turning his head just a little bit and making him suppose.
“He’s additionally probably elevating the bar and making Man City overpay.
“And if all else fails, he may just get Sanchez which might be a most sensible magnificence addition to his aspect.”