Football

Fonte tussles with Friday's match-winner Ibrahimovic.

Jose Mourinho wants Jose Fonte to mentor Eric Bailly

Published 1 Comments

Football News
24/7

Jose Mourinho wants to make Jose Fonte his fifth major signing of the transfer window, with the Southampton skipper's experience a major attraction for the Manchester United manager.

The 32-year-old only has a year left on his contract at St Mary's, and even though the south-coast club have offered him a new deal, he is yet to agree new terms.

Fonte captained the Saints at Old Trafford on Friday night and Mourinho would've seen him get overpowered by Zlatan Ibrahimovic for the opening goal of United's 2-0 win.

SIGN UP NOW

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Sign up now and submit a 250-word test article: http://gms.to/haveyoursay4

Article continues below

That said, the Portuguese international helped his country win Euro 2016 and his physical, no-nonsense style has seen him develop into one of the Premier League's most reliable defenders in recent times.

Fonte to help Bailly

Mourinho believes that his compatriot would be able to aid the development of Eric Bailly, who has made a fantastic start to his Man United career since arriving from Villarreal in the summer.

Article continues below

The 22-year-old's potential is clear for all to see, however his relative inexperience at the highest level means that inconsistency may creep into his game.

Manchester United v Southampton - Premier League

Bailly is very confident on the ball, but this sometimes leads him into trouble and the Ivorian made at least one mistake close to David de Gea's goal which could have resulted in the Red Devils conceding.

Fonte on United

Commenting on the possibility of United wanting to buy him, Fonte has previously said, "If there's interest, it's a reason to feel flattered to be associated with a club like Manchester United.

"It's true that I've known Mourinho for many years. We've faced each other many times, he knows me well."

FBL-ENG-PR-MAN UTD-SOUTHAMPTON

United's defensive options

The United squad is currently full of centre-back options, however Mourinho feels that Fonte can bring a greater maturity to the position.

Eric Bailly and Daley Blind has been Mourinho's preferred central defensive partnership for the victories over Leicester City, Bournemouth and Southampton.

However, Chris Smalling returned to action on Friday night while both Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo are yet to feature in the league this season.

Would Jose Fonte be a good signing for Manchester United? Leave YOUR opinion in the comments box below!

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE: http://gms.to/writeforgms

Topics:
Wayne Rooney
Zlatan Ibrahimovic
Jose Fonte
Football
Premier League
Manchester United
Eric Bailly
Jose Mourinho

Article Comments

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author

DISCLAIMER

This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of GiveMeSport.com or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. GiveMeSport.com and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again