Young Wolves left-back Ruben Vinagre reveals he came close to Manchester United move in 2016

by Harry Robinson

AS Monaco left-back Ruben Vinagre has revealed he was close to joining Manchester United last year.

The Portuguese is currently on loan at Championship side Wolves. He moved to Monaco back in 2016, and revealed to O Jogo that a move to Man United was on the cards.

Vinagre is a Portugal under-19 international, having played frequently for his country at various age groups.

Asked whether rumours of him being close to a United move were true, Vinagre told O Jogo [h/t Sport Witness], “Yes, it is.”

“United is a great club and a dream, like other big clubs in England and Spain,” he said.

“At the time, I was very focused on United, because it was a great opportunity… But then the other proposals were studied and I, together with my advisors, thought that the best project for my development would be Monaco.”

Vinagre admitted he would be interested in working with Jose Mourinho in the future.

“Yes, of course,” the 18-year-old said. “It doesn’t happen today, but it can happen at another time, who knows. Now I’m focused on the club where I am.”

Vinagre’s played nine times for Wolves this season, including six appearances in the league, and will hope for a consistent season of high-quality football in the Championship.

Any move for the left-back would require a fairly hefty price tag given he’s contracted to AS Monaco, a club never happy to let talented youngsters leave for a bargain. United bought Anthony Martial off the Ligue 1 side back in 2015 for an initial £36million.

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