​​Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign a centre-back in the summer, with it famously being known that he failed to sign anyone despite being linked to a host of names in the transfer market.

According to ​The Sun, Italian defender Leonardo Bonucci too was on his wishlist but the club did not pursue his signature as they felt he did not offer value for money, with the 31-year-old eventually moving to former club ​Juventus in a swap deal worth £31 million.

United did sign Fred, Diogo Dalot and Lee Grant in the summer, but Mourinho was keen to bolster his defence by adding a centre-back to his squad and did not get his wish eventually. 

The likes of Leicester City's Harry Maguire, Colombian Yerry Mina, Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng and Atletico Madrid's Diego Godin were all sounded out regarding a move but nothing came out of it.

Bonucci is considered to be one of the best in the world and his experience would have definitely made United's defence better. He would also have been good at guiding the youngsters around him and in that sense, they could see the situation as an opportunity missed.

The Portuguese gaffer has admitted that he does not know his best line-up when it comes to the defence and it is seen as an area that Manchester United have been targeted at so far this season.