Man United heavily linked to Tottenham Hotspur’s Toby Alderweireld

Jose to get a defender

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to get his wish.

After asking for Toby Alderweireld last summer, and being told no, the board are finally willing to agree on a deal.

Mourinho had been linked with several defenders, including Napoli player Kalidou Koulibaly.

Koulibaly is valued at around £90 million – a huge amount of money.

However, given the club can get Alderweireld for half the price, with his contract running down at Tottenham Hotspur, Mourinho has to compromise.

Jose Mourinho

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – NOVEMBER 27: Jose Mourinho, Manager of Manchester United reacts during the UEFA Champions League Group H match between Manchester United and BSC Young Boys at Old Trafford on November 27, 2018 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Miles behind the rest

Mourinho may have a point about the lack of quality signings.

Had he known the club were not going to sign a defender in the summer, he may have opted not to sign Fred for £52 million.

Mourinho has made it clear Fred will play once the defence is tighter – something it is not at the minute.

Considering City were already miles ahead of them, and Liverpool went out and got world class players in, United should have seen this coming.

Mourinho clearly did, and warned the fans it would be a hard season.

Forward Romelu Lukaku has also struggled this season, but Mourinho has now backed him to come good.

 

The Red Devils may be sticking with their manager for now, but missing out on the top four puts that in a very different light.

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