Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport that he would never have sold Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck.
United defeated Rostov in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie with Juan Mata’s goal giving them a 2-1 aggregate win.
While this has to be the big story of the day for the Red devils, Mourinho has also sparked some unwanted reaction with his comments about transfers before he became manager.
Speaking to BBC Sport, the Portuguese boss has revealed he wouldn’t have allowed Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck to leave the club had he been manager before their exits.
“Manchester United sold players that I would never sell and bought players that I would never buy. I would never have sold Di Maria, Chicharito, Danny Welbeck – never, no chance.” He said.
Di Maria was a key weapon at Real Madrid under Mourinho, but during his one year spell at Old Trafford following a 2014 move from Real, the Argentine playmaker struggled and didn’t really enjoyed his time with the club, and was ultimately sold to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015.
Striker Hernandez was a raw talent barely known to anyone when Ferguson signed him from Chivas Guadalajara in 2010, but the Mexican netted 59 goals in his first four seasons, becoming a fan favourite, before Louis van Gaal froze him out, sent him on loan to Real Madrid, and then sold him to Bayer Leverkusen.
Now 28, the exciting forward has notched 38 goals in just 72 games for Leverkusen, continuing to show he is a natural-born goalscorer.
Fellow attacker Welbeck emerged through the ranks at Old Trafford, and whilst his goal record – 29 goals in 142 games – isn’t all that attractive, he was loved by fans having been born and bred in Manchester, but since his move to Arsenal in 2014 he failed to live up to the expectations.