Manchester United made an audacious bid for Paris Saint-Germain's Kylian Mbappe in the summer but were rebuffed, which prompted a rethink on how they approach player acquisitions, according to reports.
The Mirror reports that United had made a bid for Mbappe and were turned down point blank whereas transfer bids for Toby Alderweireld and Yerry Mina also did not come through.
Tottenham Hotspur were asking 50 million for their defender and United were not willing to spend such a huge outlay on a 29-year-old whereas they did not get the Mina deal done because of a ridiculous agent fee that they refused to pay outright.
José Mourinho: “It’s time to stop thinking about the transfer market because my latest information is that there will no more signings for Manchester United” pic.twitter.com/PkUKB31JLu— Transfer News (@TransfersLlVE) August 9, 2018
And after Ed Woodward was rejected a chance to sign World Cup star Mbappe, the United hierarchy has decided to follow the example set by all the top clubs wherein they sign young players and nurture their talent.
Manager Jose Mourinho has been told that he needs to stop demanding high priced older players to plug perceived gaps in the squad and instead look to use the talented youngsters that are already present at the club.
More importantly, the club hierarchy have also implored Mourinho to give star players in the team like Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez a platform to perform at their optimal level.
It will be interesting to see if Mourinho can do something he has not been known to do all too frequently throughout his career so far - give youngsters a chance to show their quality and stake a claim in the first team.