Manchester United could’ve joined Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, only for Jose Mourinho to pass up the possibility to pursue an agreement and go for Fred instead.
Manchester Evening News claims that the Red Devils chief Ed Woodward had some formidable transfer targets in mind last summer in the form of Real Madrid defender Raphael Varane and PSG’s Verratti.
Italy international is one of the finest central midfield players in the world and certainly a vital part of this PSG team, and the MEN claim Mourinho felt he was an unrealistic target for the club.
Still, that shouldn’t surely be the case for a historically significant team like Man Utd, who have long attracted world class star to Old Trafford, even in their less successful periods since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
In the end, United ended up joining Fred in that position, in what proved to be a pretty weak decision by MUFC, with the Brazil international flopping in his time in England.
Verratti could surely have been a far superior option for Man United in an essential area of the pitch, and it looks fans have Mourinho to blame for not pushing harder to get this deal done.