Why Man United's Hierarchy Vetoed Jose Mourinho's Targets
Manchester United started the window showing real intent: the purchase of Brazil midfielder Fred set pulses racing, but the subsequent buys of Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant meant that their business, upon the close of the window, was largely poor.
Indeed, there isn't a lot for Man United supporters to be optimistic about right now, as they're set to play Leicester City in the Premier Leaguein the opening day and get set in a season which some have even suggested that'll struggle to achieve top-four in, let alone win the league title.
But it gets worse. According to The Guardian, the Man United chiefs - who had previously put their hand in the pocket for Jose Mourinho - opted not to back the manager on this occasion.
Chief football writer Daniel Taylor writes: "United's conclusion was that in most cases Mourinho had targeted defenders who were no better than those they already had."
I actually agree with Woodward.- MUFCTransfers (@_MUFCTransfers_) August 10, 2018
He was prepared to pay the fee for a top world class CB - £100m for Varane.
But refused to spend big on Boateng due to injury records.
Mina's agent fees were high.
Godin was the agent lieing.
Alderweireld and Maguire never really progressed.
#MUFC have an imperfect squad, but plenty to still be excited about: the world's best keeper De Gea, new signing Fred, World Cup winner Pogba, a resurgent Sanchez, Lukaku leading the line and the growing talents of Rashford and Martial...- Sam Pilger (@sampilger) August 9, 2018
Fully expect #MUFC to be in the reckoning for the title, but Mourinho has been to fight with one hand tied behind his back.- James Robson (@JamesRobsonMEN) August 9, 2018
Remains a very strong squad, but a centre back to sit at the heart of a three-man defence was crucial to his plans
Taylor added: "The suspicion of United's hierarchy is the manager is taking a short‑term view rather than thinking more strategically about what would be better for the club in the coming years."
Yerry Mina, Toby Alderweireld, and Harry Maguire were all linked with a move to Old Trafford, but nothing marterialised, with the fees being way too high.
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