Willian: Jose Mourinho tried to sign me at Manchester United

by Leo Nieboer

Chelsea winger Willian has revealed that Jose Mourinho attempted to secure his signature at Manchester United over the summer.

The Brazilian, who has made 162 appearances for the West London side, was brought to Stamford Bridge by Mourinho in 2013.

He has, since arriving, impressed many with his immense work rate and technical bravado under pressure, alongside netting 26 goals.

Willian admitted that he received an offer from the Portuguese to work with him once again at Old Trafford.

“Concrete [offers], I have no idea. But Manchester United were interested in me, since Mourinho is there now,” he said. 

“Other clubs I am not aware, but there is always something on the internet. In any case I am happy that there are clubs who admire my work.”

Mourinho noted over the summer that the four signings he would make during the transfer window were tailored to a specific function. And Willian’s purchase in 2013, no doubt, was predicated by the same line of thinking.

He was charged with the responsibility of providing speed and urgency to Chelsea’s counter-attacking movements, acting as an mediating force for the Blues whenever they poured forward; not necessarily the star of the show, but the man who helps attacks stick together.

And this would have been his role at United; the likes of Jesse Lingard and Ashley Young have fulfilled this function in recent times, and one has to admit that having Willian as another option would have a galvanising effect on the way Man United went forward.

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