By Dave Marshall
Manchester United are set for a huge transfer outlay in the summer, but have prioritized signing quality players instead of just piling up the numbers ahead of next season, which is promising to be an assault on the Premier League title.
A return of EFL Cup, Europa league and the Community Shield has been decent, but it is the club’s gap to champions, Chelsea that will most likely give Jose Mourinho sleepless nights. United finished 24 points behind high flying Chelsea, but Mourinho is looking at mounting a sustained title challenge.
Via Talksport, after the Stockholm Final in which United won 2-0 on the night, Jose said,
“(The agents) don’t have my number,” Mourinho told BT Sport.
“It doesn’t matter if it’s Champions League or not, Ed Woodward (the United executive vice-chairman) has my analysed (targets).
“He has what I want, what I would like, for more than two months.
“So now it’s for him, for the owners, for the people that work with him and I just wait but I don’t care about football now.”
Mourinho knows that only three or four quality additions are needed to make the team win its first league title in five years. The likes of Antoine Griezmann, James Rodriguez and Michael Keane are all rumoured to be close to moves to Old Trafford.
A top defensive midfielder is also needed to complement the midfield, while a top class goalkeeper is needed to potentially replace David de Gea, who is reportedly keen on a move back to Spain to join Real Madrid.
United have struggled to complete for the title since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, while Jose Mourinho is keen to get one over Chelsea and Antonio Conte, as the Chelsea fans spectacularly booed him when United lost 1-0 in the FA Cup back in March.