Manchester United and Jose Mourinho have been made to lick their wounds this summer after their transfer business went sour.
The Manchester outfit suffered a turbulent and torrid campaign in the short time of the summer transfer window, bringing on just three players this summer, namely: Fred, Diogo Dalot and 35-year-old Lee Grant.
Club sources confirmed that funds were available to sign “top, top players” before the new season.
Real Madrid Raphael Varane joined the fray, but talks for his transfer over a breakfast with Los Blancos president Florentino Pérez by the Red Devils top brass Ed Woodward, couldn’t ensure a polished negotiation.
While United’s centre of the field and attacking third packs enough turbo power, Mourinho had been particularly keen on a formidable guardian for the centre-back berth at the outfit.
A lot of options were considered this summer. Spurs Toby Alderweireld; Foxes Harry Maguire; Bayern Munich Jerome Boateng and Catalans Yery Mina.
Attempts to sign these players were scuppered, inciting an unfamiliar uproar in the Red Devils camp.
United, in recent years have always succeeded in attracting big names, and despite their second-place finish, 19pts behind City last season, clinching another Champions League slot, they have had one of the slimmer chances in the transfer market, among the big six.
Meanwhile, there are also suggestions bandying about that the Portuguese tactician may have lost the confidence of the club’s hierarchy.
His admiring of players in their late twenties is totally in contrast with United’s vision. It is also argued that he may yet have lost the trust of his players.