But after failing to strike a deal for the Croatian international, the Portuguese gaffer could finally fill that position with the signing of Bale. In any case, there was little to be gained by taking the risk against a side in the relegation places.
Though United are the front runners for his signature should Real Madrid sanction a transfer.
Bale in action for Real Madrid in the Champions League.
Bale had shown flashes of form before he succumbed to another recurrence of the calf issue that has dogged his Real Madrid career Sept. 26 in Dortmund. One Manchester United player Mourinho is considerably more keen to keep hold of is Ander Herrera and the Portuguese has ordered the United hierarchy to trigger a 12-month extension in the midfielder's contract to prevent him leaving on a free transfer at the end of the season. He has not featured since. When he comes to us and he's happy and we see an amazing player.
But the Welshman is now unlikely to feature until after the winter break, and is far from guaranteed a spot back in the starting XI following some big performances from Isco and Marco Asensio.
However, the Mirror reports that the European champions have become increasingly exasperated by Bale's injury record and are now considering cashing in on the 28-year-old.
Neymar isn't the only big name on the Real Madrid radar, with Lyon's Nabil Fekir also being touted as a more realistic target.
And they've won it all together at the Santiago Bernabeu. Edinson Cavani and Robert Lewandowski have scored almost double (30) over the same period. A way has to be found to get the machinery rolling again.
But his goal on Sunday night was still something special.
The German ace has been stalling over a new contract at Anfield and could be set for a shock switch, according to the Star on Sunday. The "CIA"? The "ABC"?
And Perhaps some of that blame is rightly placed.
Karim Benzema has been making headlines recently, although not for reasons he'd appreciate.
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