Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho scraps left-back search to focus on signing Romelu Lukaku back-up

The Manchester United boss was believed to want a left-back but is reportedly now happy for Ashley Young and Luke Shaw to compete for with each other to start next season.

The Independent report that Mourinho wants a physical striker who can step in for Romelu Lukaku, rather than another forward to play alongside him.

Mourinho has already landed one full-back this window – and reckons Diogo Dalot is the best prospect in his position in Europe.

Dalot says he prefers to play right-back but he made his Champions League debut this season as a left-back at Anfield.

Despite having made only eight first-team appearances for Porto, the Red Devils have had to shell out £19million for the 19-year-old.


But Old Trafford boss Mourinho believes it will be money well spent as he hailed the attributes of the Portuguese Under-21 international from his old club.

Mourinho said: "In his age group, he is the best full-back in Europe.

"He has all the attributes a fullback needs — physicality, tactical intelligence and technical quality."

Dalot said: "I will give everything for this club, for this shirt.

"The chance of coming to the biggest club in the world I just couldn't turn down."

Dalot will provide competition for Antonio Valencia, 32, and probably also hasten the exit of 28-year-old Matteo Darmian.


FRED DISASTER Manchester United new boy Fred suffers injury in Brazil World Cup training


United have reached an agreement to sign midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk for £52m.

However, the Brazilian is a doubt for the World Cup after picking up an injury in training today.

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