Graeme Souness defends Man United board over decision not to make key signing

The Liverpool FC legend believes the Man United board were right not to fund a move to sign a centre-half

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Graeme Souness admits he isn’t surprised that Manchester United board didn’t sanction the signing a new defender in the summer transfer window.

The Red Devils signed three players in the summer transfer window to bolster Jose Mourinho’s squad ahead of the new Premier League campaign.

Manchester United brought in Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Fred, FC Porto defender Diogo Dalot and Stoke City goalkeeper Lee Grants in the summer.

The Red Devils were in the market to sign a new defender in the summer but Manchester United were unable to get a deal over the line.

The 20-time English champions were linked with a move to sign Leicester City defender Harry Maguire, Everton signing Yerry Mina and Tottenham Hotspur’s Belgian star Toby Alderweireld.

Manchester United lost 3-2 to Brighton and Hove Albion at the Amex Stadium last weekend to fall three points behind title rivals Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, Manchester City and Tottenham.

Former Liverpool FC skipper Souness believes Manchester United board were right not give Mourinho the funds to sign a centre-half.

“He bought Lindelof and Bailly,” Souness told Newstalk.
“He spent a lot of money on those.

“He has Jones and Smalling. He has four centre halves and he wants another one. I can understand the board’s frustrations at that.”

Manchester United finished in second spot in the Premier League table last term to secure a spot in the Champions League.

The Red Devils haven’t won the Premier League since 2013.

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