Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the club needs a big transfer window to become elite next season. The Portuguese manager believes that The Red Devils need to spend big to improve on the current squad.
“We had just one transfer window, we didn’t use the second transfer window [in January]. We need a big transfer window again,” Mourinho said, as reported by the Sunday Mirror.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid gaffer spent around £157 million ($194m) on transfers since his arrival at Old Trafford. The 54-year-old believes that United needs to do something similar in the upcoming summer transfer window. This is if they wish to challenge for top honors next season.
Champions League hopes still alive for Red Devils
United are currently sixth in the Premier League table. They are four points off the top four, the minimum place required to gain qualification to the Champions League. However, the Red Devils could also qualify for Europe’s premier club competition by winning the Europa League this season. Mourinho’s men are due to face Anderlecht in the first-leg quarterfinal of the tournament on Thursday.
The Red Devils closed the gap on the top four on Sunday when they defeated Sunderland 3-0 away from home. Mourinho’s side are on a 21-game unbeaten run in the Premier League. However, the man from Setúbal, Portugal believes that if United could have converted some of their draws into victories, they would have been in a much favorable position as the season draws to an end.
“We have far to go. When you’re speaking about the 20-game unbeaten run, if you were speaking about just three more victories, then it would be different. Against Bournemouth we missed a penalty. Hull crossed the midfield line once in 94 minutes. Both games were zero-zero,” Mourinho stressed.
“And there were other games like that. With just three more victories, we’d be quite stable in the top four with two matches in hand and playing to finish second or third. So what we have now is not bad at all — details make it look worse than it really is.”
Mourinho praises Shaw
Jose Mourinho was impressed with the performance of Luke Shaw against Sunderland on Sunday. The Englishman, who has been on the receiving end of harsh criticism from the Portuguese manager, showcased a flawless display, in which he also set up the second goal of the match for Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“I took Shaw off because of the yellow card and the pressure from the crowd. It was good to protect him but was also good for him to play one hour with a good solid performance and no mistakes, so I’m really pleased for him,” Mourinho told BBC Sport.
Shaw has been criticized on more than one occasion by Mourinho this season and the United boss claimed after the 1-1 draw with Everton that the 21-year-old had been playing with his body and my brain. Mourinho embraced Shaw and appeared to give him words of encouragement after replacing him with Daley Blind just past the hour mark, and the Portuguese said afterwards that the ex-Southampton man played well.
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