Man United Officials Present At High Profile UCL Game To Watch European Trio

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks dejected as executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward looks on.

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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho’s interest in Roma ace, Radja Nainggolan, appears to have taken a step forward, after the Portuguese tactician sent out scouts to track the midfielder during his side’s Champions League clash against Atletico Madrid on September 12, as per reports.

Mourinho is a well known admirer of the 29-year-old, and he sees the Belgium international as a ‘perfect fit’ for his line-up. The Red Devils’ boss also has a job Ron hand to replace club veteran Michael Carrick next summer, which is when a bid for Nainggolan is expected from the English outfit, as per The Sun.

In the Champions League clash between Roma and Atletico, however, the central midfielder wasn’t the only one scouted by the Mancunian giants. Atletico Madrid duo Antoine Griezmann and Saul Niguez were also keenly observed, despite the prime focus of the visit being Roma’s talisman.

Belgium's Radja Nainggolan.

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Atletico Madrid's Saul Niguez celebrates scoring their first goal.

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Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann (C) celebrates his goal with his teammates Angel Correa (L) and Filipe Luis.

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However, Mourinho still intends to sign the French forward nonetheless, after having failed to land him this summer due to Los Rojiblancos’ transfer ban.

An inside source of Manchester United revealed: “Jose sent scouts to the game to look at a number of players, but most importantly Nainggolan. He is a big fan of his.

“Griezmann was also looked at, but we know everything we need to about him already. They are going to go back in for him next summer, that’s for sure. The main thing is to replace Michael Carrick, though. Jose had wanted to sign Nainggolan as far back as his days at Chelsea, he is that big a fan.”

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Written by Sidharth Jindal  

Sports fanatic with a passion for writing (predominantly football) and “Wants to live life to its fullest.” Writes about the Premier League on his personal blog.


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