Jose Mourinho has revealed that Sir Alex Ferguson needed him to signal Tottenham Hotspur star Dele Alli whereas he was Manchester United boss.
Mourinho now manages the England star at Tottenham, however stated on the upcoming Amazon Prime documentary about Spurs that Ferguson had been eager for Alli to return to United.
Ferguson gave the Portuguese “one piece of recommendation” throughout his United tenure, which was to swoop for the Spurs playmaker, whose first recreation in opposition to United was as a young person for MK Dons within the now notorious 4-Zero League Cup defeat in 2014. An 18-year-old Alli ran riot in opposition to a second string United aspect that evening.
That was in opposition to Louis van Gaal’s United and it is clear Alli made an impression on Ferguson, even after he then moved to Tottenham, as Mourinho revealed.
“Sir Alex Ferguson gave me one piece of recommendation in two-and-a-half years [at United]. Purchase Dele Alli,” stated Mourinho.
“That man, with that mentality, the aggression he has in his thoughts, this man is a Manchester United participant. And he has eye for a participant, however he’s not coach and we have to discover the suitable motivation for him.
“I informed Dele very immediately he would not practice effectively. I am not saying a catastrophe, however I am not saying he’s like Harry Kane.”