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.
Toby Alderweireld, Sergio Ramos and Jerome Boateng were all touted as potential answers to Utd’s centre-back woes, but none of the moves materialised, much to the dismay of Mourinho.
Now a report from The Athletic (via the Sun) claims computer data is being “heavily relied on, leading to United signing Harry Maguire over Jerome Boateng in August.”
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.
Maguire has made a steady start to his Manchester United career, but has come under criticism as of late as the Red Devils have struggled to get out of the gate in the league.
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.
Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been handed a boost as the under-fire manager is set to be given backing to smake six new signings.
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