Moruinho turned down chance to sign world-class No.4 for Man Utd

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Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United to not fight with their arch-rivals Liverpool in the race to secure the services of Dutch, centre-back Virgil van Dijk, according to the reports.

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the best defenders in the world- after his £75 million switch from Southampton to Liverpool back in January 2018.

Mourinho, meanwhile, was desperate for the Red Devils to sign a new defender in his final transfer window at 20-times English champions, however, the club refused to meet his demands and the Portuguese ended up getting sacked in the winter.

According to The Independent, Dutch defenders name was put forward as a potential signing before he eventually made a switch to Liverpool, however, Mourinho ‘said no’ to the possibility of bringing former Celtic man at Old Trafford.

The report suggests that Mourinho did not want to sign another centre-back at that time, even though the 56-year-old changed his mind just a few months later and asked the club to lure Leicester City’s Harry Maguire at Old Trafford.

It’s also claimed that the Red Devils scouting structure is in disarray with many reports on potential targets going unread.

‘They’ve got reports on so many players, but they mostly go ignored,’ a source told The Independent.

‘Some of the players they’d spend fortunes on, they’re not as good as better players who they’ve got reports on, but mostly go ignored.’