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Man Utd fans are less than impressed as club opt against Toby Alderweireld move

Manchester United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are somewhat looking forward to the start of the 2018/19 Premier League season, which for their team gets underway at Old Trafford this evening.

Jose Mourinho’s men finished as runners-up to champions Manchester City last time round but ended up a staggering 19 points adrift of Pep Guardiola’s side, thus leaving them with a mountain to climb this term if they are to win their first title in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era. Yet the Red Devils have endured a frustrating summer and a very difficult pre-season, thus not giving them the ideal preparation to open the Premier League against Claude Puel’s Leicester City this evening.

And one man who won’t be turning out in the red of United tonight is defender Toby Alderweireld, as reports on Deadline Day on Thursday confirmed that the North West giants didn’t even make a move for the 29-year-old over the summer.

The future of the Tottenham centre back has been subject of speculation for a while now given his current contract situation, what with his deal set to expire in the summer of 2019, and while Spurs have an option of a one-year extension, it would bring a £25 million release clause into play.

And having opted against agreeing a new deal, it looked as though Alderweireld would indeed leave the club this summer, yet reports suggest that United went against the wishes of manager Mourinho to go after the centre back, with just ‘one conversation’ reportedly taking place between chief executive Ed Woodward and Spurs chairman Daniel Levy.

And news that Woodward dashed Mourinho’s hopes of luring the Belgium international to Old Trafford hasn’t gone down particularly well with plenty of Manchester United supporters on Twitter…

United fans… what do you think? Let us know!

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