Makelele: Mourinho misses his old Chelsea players; Man Utd making him exhausted

Silvia Morton
September 13, 2018

Mourinho really, really wanted a central defender before the window slammed shut with a bunch of names linked with a transfer to Old Trafford.

Mourinho was adamant on bringing another centre-back to Old Trafford, with Harry Maguire also viewed as a target.

The 30-year-old says that he was tempted by the idea of a new challenge, but could not bring himself to leave a club of Bayern's stature.

Pogba has publicly fallen out with United manager Jose Mourinho and has continued to fuel speculation concerning an exit by claiming: 'I'm playing there at the moment, but who knows what will happen in the next few months'. But it remains to be seen if our club can persuade Juventus to sell one of their prized assets in the winter transfer window.

And Boateng confirmed that the former Frankfurt coach was one of the factors keeping him. 'I explained to him that it's hard to leave, and if I do, everything has to be in place to top this club, ' explained Boateng.

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"I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United, "Boateng told Bild, per the Metro". I feel completely contented at Bayern - one of the biggest clubs in the world. "Everything has to fall in place to top this club, if I do it. Niko Kovac gave me the feeling that I am very important for him and the club".

The Manchester United boss will now turn his attention back to the Premier League with a huge game at Vicarage Road against Watford this Saturday.

Jose Mourinho was bent on signing two centre backs, a part of his squad he felt he needed to improve if his side were to challenge for the title.

This summer's World Cup saw Pogba showcase exactly why Mourinho splashed out £89m to sign him from Juventus in 2016.

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