Cape Town - Alexis Sanchez has been forced
to miss the start of Manchester United's pre-season tour of the US because of
trouble obtaining a visa.
The Chilean forward was absent from
United’s 24-man squad when it left for Los Angeles on Sunday.
Sanchez was convicted of tax fraud in Spain
and accepted a 16-month suspended jail sentence in February.
Persons found guilty of fraud cannot be
granted a visa to visit under US law.
Reports suggest Sanchez is working with
lawyers to get clearance to join up with the rest of the squad.
The players are currently training at the
UCLA sports facilities.
United’s first pre-season match is on
Friday against Mexican side Club America, while the Red Devils are also
scheduled to play MLS side the San Jose Earthquakes.
They will also face AC Milan, Liverpool and
Real Madrid in the annual International Champions Cup tournament.
Defender Daley Blind was the other notable
absentee from the travelling squad as United confirmed on Monday that it had
agreed terms for the Dutchman to return to Ajax.
Blind moved to Old Trafford in 2014 for
£14m and will return to Holland for a similar fee.