London – Manchester United forward Alexis Sanchez is still hoping to take part in his club's tour to the United States despite missing the start because he was unable to get a visa.
The Chilean was not allowed a visa because, under US law, no visas are granted to anyone who has been found guilty of fraud.
The 29-year-old was given a 16-month suspended sentence in February for tax fraud in Spain.
Jose on @Alexis_Sanchez: "I hope he is able to join us soon. It's important for him to work with Juan Mata and Anthony Martial as they will be the attacking players we start our season with." #MUFC #MUTOUR— Manchester United (@ManUtd) July 18, 2018
According to the BBC, Sanchez is trying to get into the US under a visa-waiver scheme.
United play the first match of their tour is against America, a Mexican side, on Thursday evening.