Report reveals how Jose Mourinho lost out on first key Man Utd target

Date published: Sunday 8th September 2019 5:34

Manchester United were stopped from making Raphael Varane their first signing under Jose Mourinho by Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, according to a report.

The Red Devils were said to be keen to bolster their defence at the start of Mourinho’s reign, with Varane allegedly one of a number of key targets identified by the Portuguese boss after taking over in the summer of 2016.

However, according to news outlet AS, United were thwarted as Zidane eventually convinced the Frenchman to stay in the Spanish capital instead of packing his bags for Old Trafford.

Mourinho then went on to sign Eric Bailly for £30m from Villarreal, with the Ivory Coast international enjoying a solid debut season for the club.

Injury problems since then have meant that Bailly’s United career has stalled, with 25-year-old currently out of action with a knee problem sustained in pre-season.

United did secure a high-brow defensive addition earlier this summer, with the club making Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in the world when spending £80m to sign the England international from Leicester City.


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