Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United to not rival Liverpool within the race to signal Virgil van Dijk, based on studies.
Van Dijk has established himself as one of many world’s greatest central defenders following his £75 million transfer to Jurgen Klopp’s aspect in January 2018.
Mourinho, in the meantime, was determined for United to signal a brand new centre-back in his ultimate switch window at Outdated Trafford, however the membership refused to satisfy his calls for and the Portuguese ended up getting sacked final December after a sequence of poor outcomes.
Based on The Unbiased, Van Dijk’s identify was put ahead as a possible signing earlier than he ultimately joined Liverpool however Mourinho ‘said no’ to the potential of bringing the Netherlands worldwide to Outdated Trafford.
The report claims that Mourinho didn’t wish to signal one other central defender at the moment, though the 56-year-old modified his thoughts just some months later and pushed for Ed Woodward to signal Harry Maguire from Leicester Metropolis.
It’s additionally claimed that United’s scouting construction is in disarray with many studies on potential switch targets going unread.
‘They’ve obtained studies on so many gamers, however they largely go ignored,’ a supply advised The Unbiased.
‘Some of the players they’d spend fortunes on, they’re inferior to higher gamers who they’ve obtained studies on, however largely go ignored.’