Ten Hag may repeat Mourinho’s Man Utd mistake by pinching Blues target | Football | Sport

With Manchester United set to appoint Erik ten Hag as their manager, the Dutchman can learn plenty from those who have failed in the role previously. With rumours suggesting that the Red Devils have joined Chelsea in the race to sign Aurelien Tchouameni, Jose Mourinho would be able to tell the soon-to-be United boss a lot about the mistake of marking his arrival at Old Trafford with a marquee signing.

One of Mourinho’s first signings as Red Devils boss in 2016 was Paul Pogba, who joined from Juventus in a deal worth £93million. The Frenchman was signed as a long-term solution for the club’s issues in midfield, with the view for the rest of the team to be centred around him.

But United wasn’t the only team interested in Pogba whilst he was in the Serie A. In the season before, L’Equipe reported that Chelsea had a bid of £74m rejected – whilst the Blues were managed by Mourinho.

After Pogba completed his return to United the following season, his agent, Mino Raiola, said: “Paul could have left [Juventus] last year because Mourinho – then at Chelsea – really wanted him. But Juventus and I had an agreement: win the league title and the Champions League, then he can go.”

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Ten Hag has a major task on his hands in getting United back to being title contenders and competitive on the European stage, and the story of Pogba’s underwhelming transfer could push the 52-year-old to weigh up whether a mega-money move for Tchouameni is funds well-spent. ESPN revealed that the Ajax boss is very keen on the Monaco midfielder, whom Chelsea have been keeping on tabs for a while and are plotting a move for.

Marca reported earlier this season that it would cost any potential suiter £83m to tempt them into letting the 22-year-old leave – a figure that would inevitably take up a big chunk of Ten Hag’s budget. If the manager is to build a team that will be able to be somewhat competitive next season then he will need a sprinkling of good quality signings rather than Tchouameni and one or two cut-price options.

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