Mourinho Confirms Alvaro Morata Is Unlikely to Join Manchester United Following Lukaku’s Arrival

Following Manchester United’s comfortable 5-2 win against LA Galaxy in their pre-season ​tour of the US, Jose Mourinho had a few words to say regarding the transfer activity between the Red Devils and Real Madrid. 

Indeed, in a post-match conference, Mourinho accepted that Manchester United’s chase for Real Madrid Striker Alvaro Morata is over, ​Goal reports.

The special one had spoken words of appraisal and admiration for his former player and admits that it was a ‘shame’ that the transfer did not go through.

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Morata was a target for the Red Devils for a couple of months but following the surprise bid of Romelu Lukaku for a reported £75m having been accepted, Manchester United called off the deal with the Spanish forward. 

When asked about Morata, Mourinho said: “He belongs to Madrid. Madrid has decided and we have not come to an agreement. It is simple. It’s a shame.

“It is a player who made it to the first team with me. We have a special liking for [him], he is someone special. I enjoyed watching his evolution in Juventus and Madrid. It is like that. I don’t think he can end with us.”

Deportivo de La Coruna v Real Madrid CF - La Liga

Despite only playing 26 games with Real Madrid last season, Morata’s statistics were still impressive. 

The Spanish striker managed to score 15 goals and create 17 chances.


United ultimately decided that Lukaku was the right man to lead their front line as he has consistently performed well in the Premier League for the last couple of years.

The strong Belgian managed to score 25 goals and created 46 chances in the Premier League last season with Everton.