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Jose Mourinho said no to Manchester United bid for Virgil van Dijk before Liverpool move

Jose Mourinho changed his mind over Manchester Uniteds pursuit of a centre-back (Getty Images)

Jose Mourinho urged Manchester United to not rival Liverpool in the race to sign Virgil van Dijk, according to reports.

Van Dijk has established himself as one of the worlds best central defenders following his £75 million move to Jurgen Klopps side in January 2018.

Mourinho, meanwhile, was desperate for United to sign a new centre-back in his final transfer window at Old Trafford, but the club refused to meet his demands and the Portuguese ended up getting sacked last December after a series of poor results.

According to The Independent, Van Dijks name was put forward as a potential signing before he eventually joined Liverpool but Mourinho said no to the possibility of bringing the Netherlands international to Old Trafford.

Virgil van Dijk has been a rock in Liverpool's defence since his £75m move
Virgil van Dijk has been a rock in Liverpools defence since his £75m move (AMA/Getty Images)

The report claims that Mourinho did not want to sign another central defender at that time, even though the 56-year-old changed his mind just a few months later and pushed for Ed Woodward to sign Harry Maguire from Leicester City.

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Its also claimed that Uniteds scouting structure is in disarray with many reports on potential transfer targets going unread.

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