Former Premier League player Danny Higginbotham has faulted the Manchester United hierarchy for failing to back the sacked Jose Mourinho in his pursuit of Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld in the summer.
Footballer turned pundit Higginbotham told The Sun via thesportsreview that Manchester United gave Jose Mourinho a new contract but were unable to grant his request for a new centre back.
Jose Mourinho was dismissed from his post as the Manchester United manager last week after he led the Red Devils to their worst start to a season in the Premier League era.
The former Chelsea and Inter Milan boss left Manchester United eight points adrift of the top four spots on the league table and a whopping 19 points behind rivals and table toppers Liverpool.
Manchester United were linked with several centre backs during this summer’s transfer window but the sleeping Premier League giants failed to sign at least one.
Jerome Boateng, Diego Godin, Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld were all linked with the Red Devils in the summer.
Mourinho made Belgian international defender Toby Alderweireld his top defensive target but Manchester United were unable to lure him away from Tottenham Hotspur.
Without Alderweireld or a new centre back, Manchester United have kept just two clean sheets this season.