Manchester United chief executive Ed Woodward prevented sacked manager Jose Mourinho from signing Jerome Boateng of German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich this summer.
This was revealed by ESPN via the Daily Mirror.
Ed Woodward was said to have stopped Jose Mourinho from signing Jerome Boateng because of his injury problems.
Manchester United could have met his transfer valuation but Woodward didn’t want him to follow in the footsteps of former players like Owen Hargreaves and Bastian Schweinsteiger.
Hargreaves and Schweinsteiger battled with respective knee problems at Manchester United following their transfer from Bayern Munich.
Jose Mourinho requested for a new centre back in the summer but the club failed to get him one.
Apart from German international centre back Jerome Boateng, Manchester United were also linked with other defenders like Atletico Madrid skipper Diego Godin, Leicester City star Harry Maguire, Inter Milan player Milan Skriniar and Tottenham Hotspur centre back Toby Alderweireld.
Without a new centre back in his squad for this season, Mourinho and Manchester United struggled to cope defensively.
The Red Devils kept just two clean sheets in the first 17 games of the new Premier League season in addition to one of the worst defensive records in the league (29 goals conceded).