Jose Mourinho has been reflecting on Manchester United’s business in the transfer window so far this summer, insisting that the club has delivered 75% of what he asked for.
The Portuguese made it clear at the start of the window that he wanted a defender, striker, defensive midfielder and winger before August 31.
And Ed Woodward, in turn, has secured the services of Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic but remains unable to prize Ivan Perisic – Mourinho’s desired option out side – away from Inter Milan.
Speaking ahead of Man United’s clash with West Ham, Mourinho made it clear that he wants to add another winger to the ranks at Old Trafford but insisted he wouldn’t cry if nobody else came in.
“You know, in my initial analysis coming from January and progressively through the other months I was thinking about four players but I am not a difficult person to work with – in spite of it looking different sometimes – and I understand the reality of the market, I understand the reality of the numbers,” he noted.
“I also understand that my club by doing 75% of what I initially asked, I think the club did very well so I don’t think I am in a position of crying, moaning, protesting, I am not in a position to say I am not happy with.
“I am happy with the effort the club did, I am happy that the club managed to do 75% of the work before the Premier League starts and if until the August 31 the remaining 25% don’t arrive I will not moan, I will just go with everything I have to try to win every match we play.”
“25% means one of four, and we got a central defender that can play in many other positions, which is important. Victor can play right back and can play central midfielder, we got a central midfielder, we got a striker, obviously the 25% would be a player for another position playing from the sides.
“But we have players and if we cannot strengthen the team in these areas we have people we can trust and go for it.”
United’s need for another winger is painfully clear. The likes of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Juan Mata, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Jesse Lingard all serve a particular purpose out wide, of course, but the closest thing Mourinho has to a traditional winger capable of reaching the byline and delivering dangerous crosses to Romelu Lukaku is Antonio Valencia – the right back.
Mourinho has an immeasurably important asset in Lukaku, who could genuinely solve United’s malaise in front of goal against lesser Premier League sides, and the board simply has to take all the steps necessary to supplement such talent next season.