An Expensive Summer Ahead For Manchester United
Mourinho’s overly cautious approach seems to be causing concern lately. Mourinho was late to jump on with this summer’s transfer market, unlike Liverpool who were quick to begin. As a result, Mourinho is now playing catch up, and let’s hope that he not only buys great quality, but also gets in sufficient quantity.
As it stands, several of their key players will have a summer’s rest, with Bailly, Sanchez and Ander Herrera all missing out on the World Cup. This summer, Manchester United will form a strong core of players, and Mourinho is currently and swiftly working on pursuing Fred — an all-action midfielder — from Shakhtar Donetsk and Diogo Dalot, considered by some to be the best young right-back in the world, from Porto.
If United are to maintain pace in the Premier League next season, they must show similar speed with the chequebook this summer. They cannot rely on David De Gea, currently in an extraordinary period of form, to maintain his present level of heroics and fitness for the foreseeable future — remarkable though De Gea is, to bank an entire strategy on his durability seems unwise.
They must secure another attacker, central defender, and left-back before they can truly begin to think about overhauling Manchester City, let alone keeping Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal at bay. Fred and Diogo Dalot would be a fine start — but, given Mourinho’s disappointments in the market to date, only a start.
But it is not just playing personnel which will change this summer. While the debate and discussion about who United should and should not sign in the transfer window will rumble on, Mourinho has already been busy revamping his coaching staff. Long-time assistant Rui Faria left the club after the FA Cup final and Mourinho has promoted United’s U18s coach Kieran McKenna to work with the first team.
Retiring Carrick will also become part of the coaching staff, while fitness coach Stefano Rapetti is reportedly close to a reunion with Mourinho after working with him at Inter Milan. Those changes at Carrington will certainly be felt by the players.
It seems that it will have to be another busy and expensive summer at Old Trafford, then – and a host of players have already been strongly linked with a switch to United.
Manchester United’s preparations for the new season will ramp up with a two-week tour of USA, starting on July 19.
Mourinho will hope to have key transfers in place by then, giving him and his new-look coaching staff the opportunity to work with his full squad on his plans for the upcoming campaign and assault on the title.