Alexis Sanchez has been a Manchester United player just for a few weeks and he has already broken a record at Old Trafford. The shirt sales of the former Barcelona and Arsenal star set up a new January record after signing with the Red Devils. It was revealed by Manchester United chief executive officer, Ed Woodward during the announcement of the second-quarter results for the financial year 2017/18.

Ed Woodward told the investors during the conference call that shirt sales at the end of the first month of the year exceeded the previous record by ‘three times the previous best’.

Many of those shirts featured the Chilean’s name and legendary number 7 on the back.

Alexis breaks record at Old Trafford

The former Arsenal star arrived at Old Trafford during the January transfer window of 2018. The lucrative deal saw Armenian midfield hero Henrikh Mkhitaryan move towards the opposite direction. Ed Woodward also revealed to the investors that the Alexis Sanchez signing generated excitement which saw the transfer receive 75% more response on social media as compared to Neymar’s world record move to Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2017.

The announcement of Alexis Sanchez's transfer to Manchester United on Instagram received more than 2 million likes which are the club’s most likes ever received.

Ed Woodward has revealed the Sanchez-Mkhitaryan swap trade generated fascinating social media stats. The Sanchez announcement post now appears to be the biggest United post on Instagram with two million likes and comments, the Facebook post resulted in United's most shared post ever, on Twitter the post got the most retweets ever, and the hashtag #Alexis7 was the number one trending topic on Twitter worldwide.

Manchester United CEO also praised the ‘solid business model’ of the club that has helped them to invest in the future of the club by extending the contract of current manager Jose Mourinho and acquisition of renowned Premier League star Alexis Sanchez.

Manchester United announce revenues for second quarter

The English side has once again recorded healthy finances and recorded an increase in the revenue by 10%.

The revenues have been recorded as £163.9m for the second quarter of 2017/18. The increase in the revenues as compared to last year’s second quarter results shows an increase of 4%. The club is hopeful of generating around £575m and £585m at the end of the year 2017-18.