MANCHESTER UNITED boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer may scrap three Jose Mourinho transfer plans. Express Sport looks at how and why.
Manchester United boss Solskjaer has already confirmed he will have a say on January transfers at Old Trafford – despite only being in charge until the end of the season.
The Red Devils manager has made a bright start to life at the club, steering them to victories over Cardiff and Huddersfield.
Under Mourinho, Manchester United were understood to be compiling a list of targets for January. Before his sack, the 55-year-old was pressing for deals.
But Express Sport looks at how three signings may now not happen.
Back in the summer, Jose Mourinho felt Manchester United’s defence was in need of strengthening.
That, despite having Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Eric Bailly, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling to call upon.
Tottenham star Toby Alderweireld was earmarked as a priority signing.
And Mourinho was even ready to sanction a pursuit of the Belgium international in January.
Under Solskjaer, however, that looks unlikely. He prefers youth and, with the player turning 30 in March, Alderweireld now no longer fits the bill.
It is an open secret that, both last summer and in 2017, Mourinho was hellbent on bringing Ivan Perisic to Old Trafford.
And, prior to the Portuguese’s departure, links were again beginning to arise.
Perisic has struggled at Inter and reports have claimed he may be allowed to join United on the cheap.
But Solskjaer will not be pursuing the Croatia international.
The United boss places emphasis on youth and has already admitted he has more than enough attackers on the books.
Mourinho was ready to get rid of Paul Pogba in January, regardless of how United bigwigs felt about it.
But that is no longer the case.
Mourinho’s plans to sell Pogba will not be carried out by new United boss Solskjaer.
He has already claimed he will look to build his team around the World Cup winner.
And the United hierarchy will be just fine with that.