Earlier this month, Calciomercato claimed Jose Mourinho is desperate for Manchester United to sign Juventus and Brazil left-back Alex Sandro.
Though such a transfer shouldn’t be deemed a priority after Luke Shaw’s rise to prominence this season. The England international is on a quest to make the left-back position his own and has already won the club’s player of the month award twice since the 2018/19 campaign began.
Mourinho still feels the board went against him during the summer by ruling out several defensive targets, Stretty News understands, so asking the club to sign a player like Sando, when Shaw is doing so well, strikes us as odd.
Of course, we’re not ruling out the possibility of Mourinho wanting Sandro. SN was reliably told there was significant interest from United prior to the summer transfer window, but a deal never materialised.
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And that hasn’t quenched speculation surrounding Sandro’s future. He was asked about a potential move to the Premier League, and the Manchester Evening News quoted him as saying: “I think, one day, who knows what will happen?
“I have a desite to play in the Premier League but right now I am very happy where I am at, the club I am at [Juventus], the league I am playing in.
“So today my only thought is to continue where I am because that’s where I feel happy.”
That’s your standard response from a footballer asked about his future. He doesn’t rule out the possibility of moving to England, where he was also linked with a move to Chelsea, as per The Telegraph, but pleases the Juventus support where he’s “happy” to continue.
Shaw only turned 23 in July, while Sandro turns 28 in January. The Brazilian may yet reach his prime but United have no reason to overlook Shaw again.
Especially given Shaw has been one of a few players performing consistently this season. He should be our left-back for the foreseeable future.