Manchester United are set to be unsuccessful in their attempt to sign Real Madrid and Spain star Isco due to the player not wanting to play under Jose Mourinho.

That is according to Don Balon, who state that Mourinho’s side are set to make a £159 million move for the player once the World Cup concludes, despite the player wanting to stay with Los Blancos.

The news outlet has also reported that Isco isn’t keen on a move as he thinks it would be step backwards for his career in terms of both style of play and results. Nor does he have the physical prowess that midfielders require to player under Mourinho, so I don’t quite understand where these reports stem from…

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While it sounds a bit sensitive and paranoid to suggest this could be an attempt from Spanish media to pop a dig at Mourinho, I can’t think of any other reason why they’d use Isco snubbing United to suggest it’s completely down to Mourinho’s conservative approach as a manger.

In the past few years though, Mourinho has been criticised for favouring players such as Marouane Fellaini over smaller players with significant technical ability.

Next, they’ll be saying Isco sees himself more as a Pep Guardiola player and that won’t go down well in Madrid.

Maybe Mourinho will have to return to Madrid to twist the story.