Mourinho hoped to signal no less than one high defender throughout the summer season switch window however was left disillusioned as solely Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant arrived by way of the doorways at Outdated Trafford.
Leicester City star Harry Maguire and Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld emerged as Mourinho’s high targets, however Italy worldwide Bonucci additionally caught the supervisor’s attentions.
Bonucci, 31, is rated as probably the greatest defenders in Europe, having spent virtually a decade at Juventus earlier than becoming a member of AC Milan final summer season.
The Sun say Mourinho put Bonucci on his wish-list for a brand new centre-back and believed his expertise and talent can be of an incredible profit to the Crimson Devils.
However it’s claimed Manchester United chiefs didn’t consider he was worth for cash and pulled out of a possible deal, leaving him free to rejoin Juventus for £31million.
The choice to not signal a high defender has backfired on Manchester United, with their struggling defence delivery eight targets already this season.
The Crimson Devils suffered back-to-back defeats earlier within the marketing campaign earlier than returning to successful methods in opposition to Burnley previous to the worldwide break.
In addition to Maguire, Alderweireld and Bonucci, Manchester United additionally expressed curiosity in signing Jerome Boateng from Bayern Munich this summer season.
And the Germany worldwide has revealed he known as Mourinho personally to inform him he wouldn’t be transferring to Outdated Trafford.
‘I had enquiries from PSG and Manchester United,’ Boateng instructed Bild.
‘I didn’t need simply to get away from Bayern, however I used to be thrilled to strive a brand new problem. I really feel nicely at Bayern. It’s one of many largest golf equipment on the planet.
‘I known as Jose Mourinho, I instructed him that his curiosity was an honor for me and thanked him for attempting so laborious for me.
‘I defined to Jose that it’s tough to go away Bayern, and if I do, all the things must be in place to high this membership.’
Mourinho’s Manchester United face Watford on Saturday night. The Hornets are but to drop some extent within the Premier League this season.