Chelsea’s new starlet Christian Pulisic once rejected the chance to join Manchester United according to his former coach. The reason behind this decision was because Pulisic senior despised United’s former manager Jose Mourinho. Back in January, Chelsea won the race to sign the 20-year-old in a £58.7 million deal from Borussia Dortmund, with many regarding him as Chelsea’s long-term replacement for Eden Hazard, who left the club to join Real Madrid.
Pulisic’s former manager at Brackley Town, Robin Walker stated that the highly rated American could have swapped Dortmund for Manchester as the Red Devils were quite keen to sign the youngster. In an interview, Walker revealed that The Special One’s tendency to not field young players prevented any potential deal from happening.
“He wouldn’t go to Manchester United because of Jose Mourinho, his father couldn’t stand Mourinho, because he didn’t promote young players. It was at that point I asked: ‘What about London?’ His agent agreed, saying: ‘When you make these decisions, it’s all about investment and property.’ I was delighted that he did sign [for Chelsea].” Walker told The Telegraph.
Mourinho, eventually got the boot from United last December and was replaced by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. Pulisic meanwhile, made his debut in a heavy 4-0 loss against United on matchday one after coming on as a substitute. In his second game, the UEFA Super Cup against Liverpool, he scored a goal only to be chalked off by VAR.