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Manchester United fans disappointed with Jerome Boateng reports

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United supporters have reacted with disappointment and even fury at news of their club’s entering talks with Bayern Munich for Jerome Boateng three days before the transfer deadline.

Supporters, who haven’t seen a big signing since Fred all the way back in June, had expressed excitement at the prospect of Toby Alderweireld completing a late move to Old Trafford.

But the tone has changed: reports in Germany and the United Kingdom have exploded on Monday with the news that Man United, after all this time, have now entered talks to sign the injury-prone 29-year-old.

And supporters have not hidden their frustration at the prospect of signing a considerable downgrade to Alderweireld.


Mourinho revealed over pre-season that he has presented Ed Woodward with a list of five defenders he wanted at Old Trafford. That obviously didn’t mean he wanted all five. The boss just wanted one from the list.

The top two, by all accounts, were Alderweireld and Harry Maguire. Perhaps Yerry Mina, linked heavily with the club last week, was third.

We really can’t say. One thing we do know, however, is that Boateng was certainly not a main target for Mourinho, or even a viable second choice.

That the club, three days until the transfer deadline, have only just started negotiations with Bayern shows they have resorted to a state of panic as they try to make a fourth signing.

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