The board didn’t want to sign the player because of tactical reasons.
Jose Mourinho’s third season with the club is always unlucky. Three is the unlucky number for him. His third season with United ended up being sacked. It was open that Jose wanted the backing of the board to sign a centre back. However, it seems Manchester United board vetoed the signing of this player.
Manchester United’s board ‘vetoed’ Jose Mourinho’s move for Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld for tactical reasons, according to a report. Mourinho was axed by United in December after the club recorded their worst ever start to a Premier League campaign. The Portuguese was vocal throughout his final months, however, that the club needed to sign a new centre-half. Belgium international Alderweireld fit the bill with his contract nearing expiry at Tottenham. Spurs have since triggered a clause to activate the possibility of a one-year extension. It means they could still cash in on him to the tune of £25million should they decide to sell him, rather than lose him on a free.
United are understood to be weighing up bids for other defensive targets with Nikola Milenkovic and Kalidou Koulibaly now thought to be at the top of their wish list. With Alderweireld seemingly set to stay Spurs, one report has emerged to suggest United chiefs were not entirely won over by him fearing he might not fit into their defensive structure. Sky Sports reporter Pete Hall told the Transfer Talk podcast, “Let’s remember, the United board were not that keen on Alderweireld in the first place. Jose Mourinho wanted him, he was the one who said we want to bring Alderweireld in. But the board vetoed that as they didn’t know if he could play in a two.”
It seems the truth is out. Jose Mourinho was against the board and it was the core reason which led to the downfall of Manchester United this season. Given the money wasted on the likes of Sanchez, Bailly and Fred, the Old Trafford backroom was reluctant to spend this big money on other players who Jose wanted.