2018-12-16 by W.M.
Jose Mourinho Says He Isn’t Sure If Manchester United Will Make January Signings | Bleacher Report
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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has said he is unsure as to whether the club will make signings in the January transfer window.
After a tough start to the 2018-19 campaign, the Red Devils are down in sixth place in the table ahead of their trip to Liverpool on Sunday and eight points back on the UEFA Champions League places.
Despite their issues, Mourinho has said it’s unclear if he will be able to bring in new faces to bolster their squad in midseason, per Dom Farrell of Goal.
“I don’t know if we are going to have new players,” he said. “I would like to but I don’t know if it is possible or not. It depends on the club. Honestly, I’m focused on my job of playing Liverpool and next week playing Cardiff. I’m more focused on that.”
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Ahead of the match with their big rivals on Sunday, the United boss made it clear that the current squad is a long way short of what he expects:
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This #MUFC team is very far away from what Jose Mourinho wants… https://t.co/JuoCVB0GV4
In the summer the Red Devils didn’t make many high-profile signings. Fred was brought in from Shakhtar Donetsk and is still struggling to settle in the English game, while youngster Diogo Dalot is beginning to get more minutes under Mourinho.
There has been some speculation about United potentially adding to their squad in January. According to James Robson of the Evening Standard, the Red Devils are interested in Napoli defender Kalidou Koulibaly and ready to spend around £100 million on him.
There have also been reports of potential outgoings, with Simon Mullock of the Sunday Mirror suggesting Paul Pogba will be up for sale in the January market. In the report it’s said “Mourinho has run out of patience with the midfielder.”
Bleacher Report’s Rob Blanchette thinks United should be looking to build the team around Pogba moving forward:
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And people think Pogba doesn’t care about winning. Mourinho has ruined the boy and ruined the team. Pogba should be #mufc club captain. https://t.co/EipSqsLVFD
While Mourinho clearly isn’t content with his current squad, there’s no doubt he should be getting more from the players he has at his disposal. Under his guidance, the development of some star men has stagnated and the style of football is often stolid.
Major deals have traditionally been difficult to get done in January, although Liverpool were able to bring in Virgil van Dijk in the previous midseason window and the Dutchman made an immediate impact. If United were able to add a player of similar profile, it’d be a huge boost for Mourinho.