Leaked transfer shortlist shows how Man Utd could have lined up under Jose Mourinho

The then Red Devils boss is believed to have identified Alex Sandro and Kieran Tierney, only to be unable to complete a deal for either.

As Solskjaer has currently identified, Mourinho knew an upgrade at centre-back was required. He picked out Alderweireld, but Woodward was unwilling to meet Spurs’ £55m valuation.

At right-back, Mourinho was a huge fan of Diogo Dalot and spoke about him as a potential heir apparent for Gary Neville.

Midfielders – Bale, Scott McTominay, Fred, Willian

As an outspoken critic of Anthony Martial, Mourinho tried his best to replace him, with two wing arrivals.

It was reported Bale and Willian were both high on his list of targets, only for Real Madrid to close the door on a deal for the former, while wages were a stumbling block for the Brazilian.


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