Willian Jose reveals failed Manchester United transfer after Wolves stint

Willian Jose was a target for Manchester United (Photo by David S. Bustamante/Soccrates/Getty Images)

Brazilian forward Willian Jose has revealed he saw a dream move to Manchester United collapse after it was blocked by Real Sociedad.

The 29-year-old spent the second half of last season on loan at Wolves, where he failed to impress during a difficult campaign for the Midlands club.

However, Jose could easily have been playing at Old Trafford had Ole Gunnar Solskjaer got his way.

In January 2020 the Norwegian was desperate to sign a striker and United spoke to a number of forwards, including Edinson Cavani, Joshua King and Erling Haaland about a move to the Theatre of Dreams.

United ended up signing Odion Ighalo on an emergency loan but Jose claims he was the striker that Solskjaer wanted and he was aggrieved that Sociedad blocked the move.

Ighalo was signed on loan instead (Photo by Oli SCARFF / AFP) (Photo by OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty Images)

‘I think they [Real Sociedad] have not treated me well,’ Willian Jose told Noticias de Gipuzkoa.

‘I expected a little more. When I renewed my contract, I had spoken with Roberto Olabe about there being some interested teams, from the Premier League and also from La Liga.

‘I spoke with Roberto, and he told me that if a big team which played in the Champions League came in for me, they would let me go. I stayed calm. Then came Barcelona and an offer from Manchester United

‘I saw that it was an opportunity that I could not miss out on because life is like that. You have to take advantage of opportunities, and I saw that it was the opportunity. In the end, things did not go well, and this year they let me go to Wolves.

‘I don’t understand why a few months ago they didn’t want to let me go for €23 million and now they have let me go. Football is sometimes difficult to understand.’

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