Before he joined Arsenal last year, African superstar Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang was said to have been monitored by Manchester United. Why Jose Mourinho and the Red Devils snubbed the chance to sign the striker has now reportedly been revealed.
During his prolific spell with German giants Borussia Dortmund, the Gabon forward was said to be on United's radar, and was even reported to be close to joining the Red Devils.
In April 2017, then United striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic suffered a serious injury to his knee, and Aubameyang was tipped to be the man to replace him.
According to The Athletic, United decided to sign former Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku instead as Jose Mourinho was looking for a more traditional target man.
After months of keeping an eye on Aubameyang, the former Old Trafford boss was said to be unconvinced that the ex-AC Milan forward could give him what he wanted from a striker.
Mourinho reportedly wanted a stronger and more physical centre-forward, which led to United spending £75 million (R1.4 billion) on the Belgium international.
Lukaku lasted just two years at the Manchester club before signing for Inter Milan in August, while Aubameyang has scored 49 goals in 77 appearances for Arsenal since January 2018.
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