A recent report has shed light on why Man Utd’s hierarchy refused to acquiesce to former manager Jose Mourinho’s demand to sign German centre-back Jerome Boateng, with the club eventually capturing Harry Maguire in a world record fee for a defender instead.
Jose Mourinho’s time at Old Trafford was often characterised by wrangling with the board over the club’s refusal to sanction big-money moves for proven yet ageing centre-halves.
The article continues: “Analytic software showed that Boateng’s performances dropped dramatically after 70 minutes”, leading to Utd chiefs being able to justify the greater expense that came with Maguire’s transfer from Leicester.
Two controversial aspects of the report surrounded the revelations that £113m Atletico Madrid signing Joao Felix was deemed “too light-weight” for the Premier League, and more crucially, that “Jose Mourinho turned down the chance to sign Virgil van Dijk before he moved to Liverpool for £75m from Southampton in January 2018.”
The news will come as sobering news to Utd fans, with van Dijk going on to become the linchpin of Liverpool’s defence with the Dutchman’s performances installing him as favourite for the upcoming Ballon d’Or award.