Chris Sutton has claimed Manchester United would be lucky to sign Celtic’s Kieran Tierney and that the player is a Jose Mourinho type of one.
The Portuguese manager is known for his love of solid, mentally strong characters and the pundit has claimed the Scotsman is one of them.
Tierney has been linked with United since the winter period with many outlets reporting he’s the replacement for Luke Shaw.
Sutton’s admiration for the youngster is no surprise as he’s highly rated as one of Europe’s top talents but there have been shouts for Mourinho to focus on more developed talents.
Ashley Young has been the main left-back for the Red Devils this season but there is certainly a need for proven talent instead of the squad depth that Kieran would add.
According to Football Insider, Chris said to the Daily Mail: “One thing that stands out straight away with Kieran Tierney is his personality. He’s only 20, but has already captained Scotland.
“He’s level-headed, hard-working and very likeable. And he’s a grafter, someone who works hard for the team. It doesn’t surprise me Manchester United are after him. He’s a Jose Mourinho-type player. United would be lucky to have him.”
Kieran Tierney certainly sounds like a Jose type of player if he’s anything like what Chris Sutton describes him to be.
The former Real Madrid manager has complained of Shaw’s mentality and work rate before so it’d be no surprise if he’s looking for someone with those attributes.
The more immediate need for a starting XI left-back is obvious but should the Englishman be moved on then Tierney would be an ideal replacement.
However, Celtic are unlikely to sell for cheap and Jose Mourinho may be looking at a hefty chunk of his transfer budget being used for the left-back.
Having just signed a contract in October that runs until 2023, it’s unlikely that’ll make the move for Kieran any easier.