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Jose Mourinho wants a Nemanja Vidic-style defender to complete his team

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has embarked on a £145m spending spree already this summer, bringing in the likes of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and £89m man, Paul Pogba, with Zlatan Ibrahimovic arriving on a free transfer.

The Portuguese coach is looking to build a new spine at Old Trafford and bring the glory days back to United, after David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed to live up to the expectations set by Sir Alex Ferguson.

Mourinho is a man who likes to recruit heavily at the clubs he manages and he has made clear the final player he wishes to recruit to complete his first Red Devils project.

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Well, the specific player has not yet been identified, but the type of player wanted by the former Chelsea manager has been.

According to ESPN, Mourinho is craving a Nemanja Vidic-style-centre-half to help lead his team and galvanise his current defensive unit.

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The likes of Juventus' Leonardo Bonucci and Real Madrid's Raphael Varane have been linked with potential moves to Old Trafford, however, nothing has materialised so far, leaving the United boss without the bullish defender he craves.

Vidic was a vital player in the latter stages of Ferguson's tenure at the club with the Serb becoming club captain and building a reputation as one of the Premier League's greatest ever defenders.

Many draw comparisons between him and John Terry, whom Mourinho adored during his days at Stamford Bridge and with this in mind, it only seems logical that the so-called 'Special One' craves a player of this ilk again.

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Defensive leaders have been the cornerstone of much of the United boss' success and at the moment, they lack in this department.

Bailly, despite impressing in the 2-1 win over Leicester in the Community Shield, has been brought in for his potential, while Chris Smalling, who is currently out injured, may not be the defender to fit Mourinho's profile.

Daley Blind, whom Van Gaal converted into a centre-half, certainly does not match the requirements for the role and the Dutchman could play a more peripheral role at Old Trafford this campaign.

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Mourinho's managerial talent, combined with brutish spending power, should awaken a sleeping giant in Manchester this season, however, the player he craves most may not be easy to find.

In reality, Vidic's do not grow on trees, and even endless financial resources cannot create a potential Premier League legend out of thin air. It could be a difficult search for the United manager, one which may yield no result.

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Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Paul Pogba
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Nemanja Vidic
Football
Premier League
Chelsea
Manchester United
Jose Mourinho

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