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Manchester United board vetoed Toby Alderweireld move?

Man United board vetoed Alderweireld move?
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Manchester United's board vetoed Jose Mourinho's attempted move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld due to tactical reasons, according to a report.

Jose Mourinho's attempted move for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld was reportedly blocked by Manchester United's board.

The Red Devils were linked with an array of centre-backs last summer, Alderweireld being among them, but did not land any of their targets.

Mourinho hinted earlier in the season that a failure to further strengthen at the back was to blame for his side's slow start to the campaign, which ultimately cost him his Old Trafford job in December.

According to The Mirror, the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager attempted to talk the club into snapping up Alderweireld from Tottenham, with the Belgian defender available for a cut-price fee as his contract was close to expiring.

United's board vetoed the move for tactical reasons, however, as they were supposedly concerned he could not play in a four-man defence.

The Red Devils, now under the caretaker management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, have since been linked with Nikola Milenkovic, Kalidou Koulibaly and Milan Skriniar.


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TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City27212474205465
2Liverpool26205159154465
3Tottenham HotspurSpurs26200654252960
4Manchester UnitedMan Utd26156552351751
5Arsenal26155653371650
6Chelsea26155645291650
7Wolverhampton WanderersWolves2611693433139
8Watford2610793434037
9Everton2796123639-333
10West Ham UnitedWest Ham2696113239-733
11Bournemouth26103133747-1033
12Leicester CityLeicester2695123134-332
13Crystal Palace2676132734-727
14Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2676132839-1127
15Burnley2676132947-1827
16Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2667132234-1225
17Cardiff CityCardiff2674152447-2325
18Southampton2659122844-1624
19Fulham2645172558-3317
20Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2625191448-3411

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