Published On: Fri, Jan 11th, 2019

Man Utd transfer news: Jose Mourinho needed different signing to Alexis Sanchez

Manchester United boss Mourinho signed Sanchez from Arsenal in January last year.

The Chile international moved to Old Trafford in a deal that saw Henrikh Mkhitaryan, who had struggled under Mourinho, move to Arsenal in the opposite direction.

Manchester United signed Alexis Sanchez because they felt he could be the final piece of their attacking puzzle, despite Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial excelling at the time.

What has ultimately unfolded, though, has been nothing short of disastrous.

Sanchez has scored just four goals over the last 12 months, leading to criticism from all corners of the footballing world.

The last of those came back in October, where he bagged the winner in a 3-2 clash against Newcastle.

But Mourinho needed a centre-back instead. That was obvious.

Phil Jones was struggling, as he always seems to be. And Victor Lindelof had endured a stuttering start to life in English football.

Chris Smalling was impressing – despite falling out with Mourinho over his fitness – and Eric Bailly was typically rash.

However, Sanchez was the sole arrival of the transfer window.

Mourinho’s issues with his squad were well-documented during his final months in charge.

As well as the winter, the 55-year-old was eager to sign a defender at the end of last season.

But Ed Woodward and the United board blocked all of his requested targets.

Toby Alderweireld, at 29, was deemed an investment that would have made little business since.

That, despite him establishing himself as one of the Premier League’s most consistent centre-backs in recent times.

Harry Maguire was too expensive after Leicester demanded £75million.

Jerome Boateng was seen as too injury-prone and United were reluctant to do business with Bayern Munich again following the flop transfers of Bastian Schweinsteiger and Owen Hargreaves in the past.

And Atletico Madrid star Diego Godin snubbed a move on deadline day.

That happened after United triggered his £32m release clause.

The board’s decision to veto deals has seen them ship 32 goals already in the Premier League this season.

Whether Ole Gunnar Solskjaer can amend that with a defensive signing, however, remains to be seen.

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