The Two Players Jose Mourinho Really Wanted To Sign In The Summer Revealed
Manchester United fans raised plenty of questions over Jose Mourinho's transfer activity in the summer window, with a distinct lack of marquee signings being the main cause of concern.
The club brought in some useful players in Fred, Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant, but for many, these transfers failed to satisfy the appetite.
It was reported that Mourinho was chasing the likes of Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire as he looked to strengthen his defensive options, but former England manager Fabio Capello have thrown two completely different names into the hat.
According to the man himself via Italian outlet Calciomercato, Mourinho wanted to sign Napoli centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly and Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar.
"This summer at a meeting of the coaches, I met Mourinho. He was looking for two defenders: one was [Milan] Skriniar and the other was [Kalidou] Koulibaly."
Fabio Capello: "This summer at a meeting of the coaches, I met Mourinho. He was looking for two defenders: one was Skriniar and the other was Koulibaly." #mufc [Sky Calcio]- United Xtra (@utdxtra) October 4, 2018
It was a turbulent transfer window at Manchester United. They were linked with a host of names but ultimately failed to capture a 'big' signing in the summer.
The Independent reported that as both Ed Woodward and Jose Mourinho planned for the transfer window, Woodward proposed a big name signing, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Gareth Bale all mentioned.
Jose Mourinho, however, turned that idea down, because 'he had such a clear vision for how his team should be.'
You know what? I can't blame Mourinho entirely, he asked for some places during the transfer window and didn't get them. But these players aren't responding to his tactics and he's honestly lost the dressing room. It's really sad but the board have to relieve him of his duties.- Mawuena Klu (@KluMawuena) September 29, 2018
Would love to see what Manchester United do in training. Per spend on wages and transfer fees, must be pound for pound one of the worst Premier League performances ever.- Stan Collymore (@StanCollymore) September 29, 2018
I have zero idea what they are trying to do abd that ultimately comes from the man organising training.
IF @ManUtd wants high level players come to the club next window transfers Mr Woodward has to put his pants on and make right now,before it's too late,radical decisions.A new proyect to offer.With this one,nobody will come.- Luis Martin Ceruti (@cerutimartin) October 4, 2018
Mourinho has been clearly frustrated at the club's lack of transfer activity, especially in the defensive department.
To be honest, It's all very confusing as the club lack a real leader in their current squad.
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