Man United boss Jose Mourinho says they won’t “do anything crazy” in this upcoming summer’s transfer market, like they did in previous two seasons after he took over the club in 2016.
According to online sportsbook news, the Old Trafford side will be looking to bolster their side in critical areas that need reinforcements to avoid lackluster performances that have seen them kicked out of the Champions League early by Sevilla and also hindered their progress up the table in the Premier League.
Man United – who are in second on the table currently – are trailing far behind Man City in terms of points, despite having spent a fortune of around £300m in rebuilding their squad over the last two years. But Mourinho is adamant his side won’t go “crazy” in the upcoming transfer window – although in todays’ football market it’s questionable what “crazy” really means since the top clubs around Europe consider it normal to spend in excess of nine figures for merely one player.
“We are not going to spend more than we can,” said the Portuguese boss. “We are not going to do anything crazy. We are just trying to improve a little bit more. That’s what we are going to try. Everybody will try to improve – like we did last season. Last season we finished sixth and this season we are going to finish, hopefully, second.”
For next year’s campaign, Mourinho warned that his counterpart Pep Guardiola could once again plunge into the transfer market looking to buy up all the most expensive players, thus not allowing others to compete with them on the same level.
Jose Mourinho has spent big on players like Pogba and Lukaku. (Photo: Daily Star)
“Next season, we are going to try to improve, but let’s see what happens. Maybe also City will invest massively and they don’t let the other close the gap to them, I don’t know,” stressed the 55-year-old Man United boss. Man United broke the bank nearly two years ago when they bought back midfielder Paul Pogba from Juventus for a then world record fee of £89m (€105m), and they followed that big-spending pattern last summer by shelling out £75m (€90m) for striker Romelu Lukaku, among many other expensive signings.
On top of that, they’ve signed Chilean star Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal by trading Henrikh Mkhitaryan for him; although Mourinho didn’t actually spend money on him since it was a swap deal, Sanchez is believed to earning somewhere in the region of £400,000-£500,000 per week – the biggest contract in Premier League history.
It has been speculated by online sportsbooks in UK that forwards Anthony Martial and homegrown star Marcus Rashford could both be shipped off by the Portuguese to make way and generate money for new summer singings. Martial – who has been used sparingly by the Special One – could be transferred without much concern by the club’s supporters, but since Rashford is a Man United youth player, his departure could seriously anger sections of the Man United fans, despite the fact that it could see other high-profile star brought in by Mourinho.