Mourinho Informs Ed Woodward His Transfer Priority, Officials Sent For 20-Year-Old

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Manchester United have reportedly decided to ‘run the rule’ over Celtic starlet Kieran Tierney again when the Celts take on Rangers in the Old Firm derby this weekend.

Jose Mourinho took a trip to Hampden Park last month, when Scotland lost 1-0 to Costa Rica, in order to scout Tierney after having been recommended by the Red Devils’ scouts.

However, the Special One didn’t get a chance to see the youngster in action then, as the 20-year-old withdrew from the matchday squad.

Though the Portuguese did catch up with former Scotland boss Craig Brown, with whom he became close while studying for his UEFA Pro Licence, and asked him about Tierney’s development.

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But as per Daily Mail, the Old Trafford outfit has once again decided to ‘run the rule’ over the Celtic starlet. It was reported that a United scout is expected to be present at Hampden Park on Sunday, when the Bhoys go head-to-head against Rangers in the Scottish Cup semi-finals.

Meanwhile, Mourinho has made a new left-back his top priority for the summer, and has further conveyed the message clearly to executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward. Furthermore, the United boss ruled out signing another striker on Friday, as he showcased his faith in Romelu Lukaku.

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The Belgium international has featured in all but two games for the Red Devils this season, but he still falls behind Marcus Rashford, who has made more appearances than anyone under the Special One, though many of those have come as a substitute.

“It would be amazing economically for the football clubs to have only 11 players and play with the same 11 — no injuries, suspension, fatigue,” Mourinho said.

“But it is not possible. At every club and every level, you need more than 11 players and only 11 can start, it is as simple as that, there’s nothing I can do. Marcus is the player with more appearances since I arrived at the club because I decide that way.”

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