Manchester United gave Jose Mourinho no say in the signing of Paul Pogba after deciding they wanted to bring him to Old Trafford for commercial reasons.
The sensational claim has been made by the United manager's friend and former spokesman, Eladio Parames, who has also said it took the club just six months to recoup the then-world-record £89million fee they paid to Juventus.
Pogba is out of favour under Mourinho after a series of bust-ups this season, although United have no intention of selling him in January.
But Parames, who worked with Mourinho at Benfica and describes himself as 'the former spokesman for the best coach in the world', insists that Mourinho never wanted to sign Pogba in the summer of 2016.
Comparing the France midfielder to former Liverpool and Manchester City striker Mario Balotelli, Parames wrote in his column for Portuguese newspaper Record: 'It's no coincidence that both have already been severely criticised by several coaches.
'Of course some will ask whether the person who hired them did not know what their personalities were like.