I will enjoy this season – MourinhoSpeaking at Manchester United's TV station after a 1-0 loss to Bayern Munich on 5 August, Jose Mourinho said his team would face "a difficult season" unless he signed at least one other player. Time, the United Mourinho boss was confident that a new central defender would be recruited. It did not happen. Despite the late excitement of a move by Diego Godin of Uruguay, which subsequently vanished at the start of the week virtually as soon as it was done, Mourinho's team remains as it was on July 4th when Lee Grant arrived from Stoke as United third-choice goalkeeper. Thirty-six hours before the Premier League began 2018-19 – United greeted Leicester at Old Trafford on Friday night – Mourinho was asked if he had the "tools to compete" with Manchester City and Liverpool. "I know the words what do you want me to say, "he said. "I think by the end of November, you will not need words, you will see then which teams are candidates to win the Premier League." Does that mean there will be problems for Manchester United? Because they have not signed In short, they could not make the right deal. The confidence Mourinho expressed about the fact that United obtained a further signing on July 31 during the US pre-season tour was based on multiple objectives. It was the Raphael of Real Madrid Varane, in Barcelona Yerry Mina (who later joined the Everton), through the international seasoned Jerome Boateng and – briefly – Godin. For different reasons, nobody has started. The United States has the money to do big business. They were willing to do exactly this to get a top player, which Varane is without a doubt. Executive Vice President Ed Woodward would not have retreated if Real Madrid had told him to write a £ 100m check for the Frenchman, a sum that would have shattered both the United club's record transfer rate and the record of the world for a defender.
Raphael Varane has played every minute of the French campaign winning the World Cup, but they have not done it. During a long discussion between the top United and Real summits in Miami last month, it became clear that the Champions League holders would not sell at any price. Godin's class is not in question either. The thirty-two is one of the best defenders in the world. Encouraged to go to the Uruguayan in the last days of the window, United discovered that they were used to leverage Godin, a better contract extension from Atletico Madrid, and then another closed door. Jerome Boateng it was offered by Bayern Munich for around £ 40 million. Mourinho was enthusiastic about the former Manchester City man. United, after analyzing the terrible record of appearance of Boateng – 33 games lost due to injury and illness in two seasons – has proposed a loan. Boateng and Bayern were not impressed. The United States was not impressed by the outcome of their negotiations on Mina, moving away from what they considered as prohibitive fees for agents who, if they accepted, would create a dangerous precedent for a player who is barely in the world-class bracket. The estimate of a move for Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld was for much of the summer. It proved to be unfounded. United has never made an offer for the 29-year-old Belgian. As one club source said: "We ended up in a situation where, if we made a deal, we would have exchanged our fifth best central defender for another fifth best central defender." Under the circumstances, United concluded that there was no reason. What is the story of Anthony Martial? If something sums up what appears to be a difference of opinion with respect to the short-term strategy at Manchester United, it is the treatment of Anthony Martial. United States, less than 20 days ago, it became clear that Mourinho was willing to leave Martial.
Anthony Martial was excluded from the French World Cup team this summer. The decision was based on the comments of Martial's agent, Philippe Lamboley, who in a television interview in June stated that "after considering all the factors and possibilities" he wanted his client. , the position was appropriate to Mourinho, who concluded long ago that Martial, who has a maximum of two years on his contract, disappears at important moments. Obviously, this vision is not shared by others at Old Trafford. The only conversation between Woodward and the president of Tottenham Daniel Levy summer quest centered on the availability of Martial and Juan Mata. In both cases, Levy was informed of no. While the transfer window has entered its last week, rumors have emerged that Martial could be sold to finance a move for Ivan Perisic of Inter, of which Mourinho is a long-standing admirer. The sources of Old Trafford were adamant that Martial would not be sold. That said, Manchester United does not have a director of football, it is not clear who is making football decisions that contradict Mourinho. And, despite Martial's remaining, there is no obligation for the manager to choose him, which is exactly what happened on the weekend when the Frenchman stayed in Manchester for a double training session rather than fly to Munich for the first time. United's last pre-season friendly. The reason for his absence? Martial who returns to France for the birth of his daughter who ended her tour in the United States one week in advance. "There is no history," said Mourinho. "He had three pre-season days, then he had nine days in which he did not do any training and no football, absolutely nothing [about it]. If you do, you have to start over with other people. "Where does this leave Mourinho? If Mourinho's evaluation of the" difficult season "is taken for his face value, the Portuguese is heading for a turbulent month, it is clear that he has not had the players he wanted. Opportunity to young people at Old Trafford, but it is also of the opinion that if the Manchester City domination will be challenged, it must be with a core of experienced and high quality players, who tend to be around 29 years old With a low resale value, those responsible for signing checks tend to look longer-term, for example Paul Pogba was bought at a huge cost, £ 89 million, and has a huge social network that follows, 5.6 millions only on Twitter In modern games, these things count.
Paul Pogba was referred to a transfer to Barcelona this summer, after winning the World Cup with France in July, whether Mourinho wanted him or not – and there is no evidence he did – Pogba would not be sold this summer, despite the suggestions the Frenchman would be willing to go out for the second time from the Old Trafford. The investigation must also take into account the volatility of the market in evaluating their transfers. Neymar's 200 million move from Barcelona to Paris St-Germain 12 months ago could be liquidated as an exception. But it created a chain effect that led Barcelona to sign Ousmane Dembele and Philippe Coutinho for £ 135.5m and £ 142m respectively. Sir Alex Ferguson was ridiculed for saying that there was "no value in the market", but the United States must think seriously before adopting a Ultimately, Mourinho has available the same team that finished last season, minus Michael Carrick retired, and Brazilian midfielder Fred and fullback Diogo Dalot. Moreover, for his satisfaction but the disappointment of many United fans, Mourinho also has Marouane Fellaini, who has closed months of speculation by signing a two-year contract at the end of June. Will it be enough to close a 19-point gap for Manchester City and at the same time resist an anticipated threat from a resurgent Liverpool? Mourinho says that by the end of November it will be known which clubs will be contending for the Premier League title. If Manchester United is not one of them, no one will be surprised if the managers begin to prepare a succession plan.