The full story: How Man Utd failed in Milinkovic-Savic transfer swoop because of one star

Mourinho does not appear a man primed for the Manchester United sack. After all, why else would you attend Montenegro vs Serbia on a Thursday night?

The answer is Milinkovic-Savic. The Lazio star has been tipped to move to Old Trafford in recent times, most notably back in the summer.

Given United’s horrendous summer window, it would be easy to point the finger at Ed Woodward.

Instead, Paul Pogba was the main reason that Milinkovic-Savic did not secure a stunning move to the Premier League.

Pogba wanted out this summer. And, depending on which reports you read, he still does.

When Barcelona flutter their eyelashes at you, it turns your head. And Pogba, a man who has recently admitted to being distracted, took the bait.

United found themselves in a tricky situation late in the window and just days before the new Premier League season. Would their No 6 really be allowed to depart?

They submitted a bid but one that was badly-received at Old Trafford. An offer of £45million, plus flop signings Andre Gomes and Yerry Mina, was swiftly rejected.

And that was enough for United to dig their heels in. Missing out on Milinkovic-Savic in the process.

Milinkovic-Savic blossomed for Lazio but has found Italian football a tougher nut to crack so far this season.

But Mourinho’s presence for Serbia’s match last night suggests that a move is not dead. And, should Pogba go, expect the rumour mill to kick into gear again.

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October 12, 2018

Sources: Daily Express

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