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Alexis Sanchez full of praise for Manchester United midfielders Fred and Andreas Pereira

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The Chilean believes they can help get the best out of him (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United attacker Alexis Sanchez is keen for Jose Mourinho to play with more flair in midfield and believes summer signing Fred and the returning Andreas Pereira can help.

The Red Devils were often criticised for their stale and lethargic performances last season, and Sanchez – who was often a frustrated figure as a result – admits they needed to play more beautiful football.

Mourinho sought to correct that by signing Brazilian Fred, though Sanchez has also been impressed by Pereira after he returned from a loan at Valencia and is keen for both to see action this year.

Fred has impressed his teammates already in pre-season (Picture: Getty)

The truth is that [Fred] impressed me a lot in his first game, Sanchez told ESPN Brasil.

Its what the team lacked – someone who plays “jogo bonito” [the beautiful game], as they say in Brazil. And Andreas Pereira too.

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I think they are two players who have quality and they could help me a lot.

Nemanja Matic will miss Uniteds opening match of the new season against Leicester City on Friday night, with Fred and Pereira in line to play alongside Ander Herrera.

Pereira scored a stunning free-kick against Liverpool in pre-season (Picture: Getty)

Paul Pogba only returned to training at the start of the week after his World Cup exploits, so may not be ready to face Leicester.

Speaking about Uniteds transfer business this summer, Sanchez also added: I would have liked that they had signed many more world-class players. But its the clubs decision.

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