Man United missed chance to sign €90m-rated Dutch defensive rock

Jose Mourinho urged Red Devils to not rival Liverpool in the race to sign Virgil van Dijk. Netherlands international has established himself as one of the world’s best centre-backs following his £75m move to Merseyside club in winter 2018. Man United had severe problems in the back-line as they conceded too many goals last season.

Portuguese manager, meanwhile, was desperate for Man United to sign a new defender in his final transfer window at Old Trafford, but the Red Devils refused to meet his demands, and Jose ended up getting sacked last winter after a series of poor results.

Virgil’s name was put forward as a potential signing before he eventually joined the Reds, but Jose ‘said no’ to the possibility of bringing the 28-year-old centre-back to Man United. Dutch star became an unchanged figure for Liverpool and also helped them to win the Champions League.

Portuguese tactician did not want to sign another centre-back at that time, even though the 56-year-old changed his mind just a few months later and pushed for Woodward to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City. It’s also claimed that the Red Devils scouting structure is in disarray with many reports on potential transfer targets going unread.

‘They’ve got reports on so many footballers, but they mostly go ignored,’ ‘Some of the players they’d spend fortunes on, they’re not as good as better footballers who they’ve got reports on, but mostly go ignored.’ Van Dijk is a captain of the national team squad which is already a big success for the footballer