Rene Meulensteen believes Jose Mourinho should sign Kylian Mbappe at Man United

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United first team coach Rene Meulensteen has urged Jose Mourinho to sign AS Monaco superstar Kylian Mbappe this summer.

Reports have claimed that Jose Mourinho, keen on finding a more mobile Zlatan Ibrahimovic replacement, had lined up a world record offer of £113m to secure the 18-year-old’s signature.

However, it was recently revealed that Monaco were not prepared to sign Mbappe at any price, reportedly rejecting bids ranging up to £120m.

Meulensteen has expressed his admiration for the Frenchman, who claimed 26 goals last season.

“I like many of the players United have been linked to. But I really like Mbappe. That would be brilliant though I don’t know how genuine the interest is,” he said.

“But if they were to get him they’d have pace and goal-scoring opportunities. He would shake up United’s front-line. He has unbelievable potential in my opinion.”

France’s 3-2 friendly win over England on Tuesday night laid out to the entire nation the sheer extent of what Mbappe and Paul Pogba can do when placed in the same starting XI.

He is, to refine his many qualities down into two words, a live wire – always moving off the defender’s shoulder and spinning opponents for fun.

And with the effortless class of Pogba not just dictating proceedings in midfield but embarrassing Eric Dier and Co in the process, the end result left me, an England supporter, ultimately untroubled by my side’s defeat and instead salivating over what could be a partnership and – with Antoine Griezmann, Ousmane Dembélé, Oliver Giroud and Kingsley Coman knocking around as well – an overall attacking set-up that dominates world football over the next few years.

But if you read anything about Mbappe, the prince of this frighteningly good attacking frontier, don’t get too excited. Monaco have made it clear that he will remain for another year and supporters will instead have to watch him progress from a distance – at least until next summer.

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