The Red Devils had been linked with Manchester City’s January transfer window target regarding a possible move to old Trafford this summer.
Porto’s coveted central defender Eliaquim Mangala was interviewed by Canal Plus in France regarding his future.
He explained: "I am a team that always wins. We play for titles, participate in the Champions League and we also want to win the Portuguese cup. When we enter the field, whatever the competition is, we have the will to win."
The Portuguese top flight is seen as a breeding ground for South Americans to acclimatise to European football, as players such as Hulk, Falcao and David Luiz have demonstrated.
It also has its critics and Mangala admitted it can’t compete with the Premier League, for now:
"In media terms, it is true that the English League is seen as something else, but I can’t agree when you say Portugal’s top flight is a weak league. Personally, I know it will gain recognition to work well and continue to evolve. That will come with time.”
Manchester United have been linked with a £35m move for the Frenchman this summer as David Moyes looks for a replacement for Rio Ferdinand.
Yet, following Vidic’s admission over his departure, a central defender has now become a priority for the United boss and Mangala could be that much-needed long-term replacement – but only if they can convince the defender with titles and European football.
Speaking of the rumours linking the defender with a move to clubs such as Manchester United and Paris Saint Germain, Mangala responded:
"It is proof that I have done my job well. The most important thing to do is to evolve and later after passing these steps, reach a top club.
“But as I said, I'm in a team that plays every year in Europe and has won European title, so I do not have a plan, let's wait and see what happens in the future.”
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