Jose Mourinho has called on Manchester United vice chairman Ed Woodward to speed up the process of completing a third signing this summer.
Man United have already acquired the services of Victor Lindelof from Benfica and Romelu Lukaku from Everton, with the latter already claiming goals against Real Salt Lake City and Manchester City.
Woodward has reportedly delayed his flight to the United States this week in order to finalise a couple of deals as United enter the business end of their pre-season preparations.
And Mourinho, speaking after United’s 2-0 win over Man City on Thursday, has called on Woodward to finalise a third signing as soon as possible.
“When I look to the team and Lukaku, Lindelof, I would like my squad to be here, my whole squad, if you manage to get one more player – I’m not even crying for two – if we get one player as soon as possible,” he said.
“I don’t know, I don’t know. I’m not in control of that, the credit of Lukaku, Lindelof to be here on time, the credit is not mine, is Ed Woodward and I thank him for that fantastic work to bring us two very important players for us.
“But we need a bit more and when you see the other teams in the Premier League, the way they get players and good players and you see the champion to buy three fantastic experienced players, City go to the market, Liverpool and West Ham gets Joe Hart, Chicharito and Arnautovic, West Ham wow, they play to win the Premier League too so the teams are fantastic in the market and I’m waiting for a bit more.
The Portuguese has recently accepted that he may only see three new players arrive over the summer, and my guess would be that he is referring to Inter Milan’s painful rigidity with Ivan Perisic, who has crucially joined his side’s pre-season tour of China.
United have been flogging this horse for over a month now and there comes a point in negotiations – or any interaction, really – when it just becomes untenable.
On a brighter note, however, the fact that Matic has not joined Chelsea’s pre-season tour could be indicative of something being very close, especially if Woodward has concurrently decided to remain in Manchester to oversee the final touches of the deal.