Jose Mourinho lifts lid on failed Man United transfer

Jose Mourinho lifts the lid on Manchester United's failed attempts to sign Renato Sanches from Benfica

Jose Mourinho has revealed that he would have fought hard to bring Renato Sanches to Manchester United this summer if he had been appointed as the club’s new manager earlier.

The Portuguese coach was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor back in May after the Dutchman was sacked by the club at the end of the season.

Sanches had been heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford prior to Mourinho’s arrival at the club.

Mourinho has revealed that the Red Devils were tracking Sanches for a number of months before the Portugal international ended up signing for Bayern Munich from Benfica.

And the new man in charge at Old Trafford has revealed how he is a big fan of Sanches and would have fought hard to bring him to United if he had the chance.

Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sport TV, via Metro: “I arrived late. I signed in May, we started talking a week before, but completely out of the process. If I had arrived earlier, I’d fight for him.

“Manchester United watched Renato many times and maybe I did it even more. In so much time at home, I watched many Benfica and Portuguese league games, I got to know the boy better with time.

“He’s in a big club, in a league where he’ll certainly be the champion. The club have players of very high level which belong to the structure, a little like Benfica.”

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United finished fifth in the Premier League table and won the FA Cup under former boss Van Gaal.

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