Jose Mourinho has given a very interesting interview with Portuguese media Sport TV, which will air tomorrow.
Sneak previews have already been leaked, and these quotes on Renato Sanches are particularly interesting.
The new Manchester United boss professes his admiration for his fellow countryman, who signed for Bayern Munich from Benfica this summer, and who won Euro 2016 with Portugal.
In fact, Mourinho admires Sanches so much that he would have loved to sign the young attacker.
United were heavily linked with the Benfica youth product, but Bayern eventually won the battle for the starlet, and United fans were left to wonder why.
Well, maybe now we know.
Mourinho says that by the time he arrived, it was too late to make a serious move for Sanches because Bayern had already made so much progress on that front.
And with so much chaos going on in the final Van Gaal days, Ed Woodward can’t have had much time to work on signings:
“I arrived late. I signed in May, we started talking a week before, but completely out of the process. If I had arrived earlier, I’d fight for him.
“Manchester United watched Renato many times and maybe I did it even more. In so much time at home, I watched many Benfica and Portuguese league games, I got to know the boy better with time.
“He’s in a big club, in a league where he’ll certainly be the champion. The club have players of very high level which belong to the structure, a little like Benfica.”
Known for his tireless running and inspiring energy level, Sanches typically plays in a box-to-box midfield role. The remarkable confidence and self-belief that Sanches has is quite astonishing.
Not one to hide in a game Sanches is the type of player that is always calling for the ball as well as willing to get stuck in and do the dirty side of the game.
One of Sanches’ most prominent features to his game is his stamina and work rate. Despite playing at such a high intensity, the young midfielder somehow manages to continue at such high level throughout the game.
As the game go progresses, the level of pace and intensity usually starts to decline due to lack of energy, but this is quite the opposite for Sanches as his ‘second wind’ starts to kick in he is able to outrun his opponents and drive his team forward.
Standing at roughly about 176 cm, Sanches may not be the tallest player on the pitch, but he still possesses an imposing physique that leaves defenders struggling to push him off the ball. As expected aerial duels are one of his most noticeable weaknesses to his game.