Sky Sports journalist explains why the Manchester United board are against signing Toby Alderweireld

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Under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Manchester United appear to be getting back to their best. 

The Red Devils have played five games with the Norwegian at the helm - and have picked up a victory in each one. 

What's even more impressive, is that United have been winning in style.

They've picked up big wins against the likes of Bournemouth and Cardiff City, and although fans will argue that they haven't played any top sides under Solskjaer, it's still important for them to be beating the teams they come up against. 

Of course, things are going to get a lot more difficult for United over the next few weeks, as the fixture list sees them take on Tottenham, Arsenal, PSG and Liverpool before the end of February. 

With the big tests coming thick and fast, it won't be surprising to see the club strengthen in the transfer window - with a number of targets being reported. 

A TOP TARGET NO MORE? 

However, one name that looks unlikely to join United this month, or even in the future, is Toby Alderweireld. 

The Spurs defender has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester in the past, and speculation was further fueled when it was announced that he's now available to buy for £25 million. 

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That's a very good price for a player of Alderweireld's standard - but according to Sky Sports journalist Pete Hall, Old Trafford is one place he almost certainly won't be going. 

Hall reveals, per talkSPORT, that Jose Mourinho was desperate to sign the Belgium international while he was in charge, but the United board weren't ever keen - and actually vetoed any move. 

WHY THE BOARD DON'T WANT ALDERWEIRELD

"Jose Mourinho wanted him, he was the one who said we want to bring Alderweireld in. However, the board vetoed that as there were doubts if he could play in a two," Hall revealed.

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"If it’s the board who are going to sign players, and it would be because Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is unsure if he will sign longer than the summer, we know they’re not that keen on Alderweireld."

Now Mourinho is out of the hot seat, it's unclear who United will look to sign in January - but judging by the board's apparent attitude to Alderweireld, they'll almost certainly be looking elsewhere. 

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