Jose Mourinho urged Man United not to sign Virgil van Dijk – report

Jose Mourinho didn't want Man United to rival Liverpool FC for Virgil van Dijk's signature, according to a report in England

Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk (Photo: EA Sports)

Jose Mourinho didn’t want Manchester United to rival Liverpool FC for the signature of Virgil van Dijk, according to a report in England.

The Independent, as quoted by Metro, is reporting that the Manchester United heirarchy considered Van Dijk as a potential signing to bolster their defence before the Netherlands international completed a move to Anfield in January 2018.

The same article states that Mourinho dismissed the possibility of signing Van Dijk given that the Red Devils were already over equipped in the centre-half department at the time of the former Celtic man’s move to Anfield.

According to the same story, the former Manchester United manager had a change of heart months later and instructed Ed Woodward to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

Mourinho was issued with his marching orders back in December following Manchester United’s disappointing start to the 2018-19 Premier League campaign.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer took over the reins from Mourinho before the former striker was made the club’s permanent manager.

Van Dijk was named the Uefa Player of the Year and the Champions League Defender of the Year to go along with his PFA Player of the Year award after an impressive 2018-19 season.

The Dutch star was a key part of Liverpool FC’s Champions League success last term.

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