Jose Mourinho has declared he is happy with the business conducted during the transfer window.
The 53-year-old stated in his first press conference as Manchester United manager that he aimed to deliver four ‘fundamental’ additions ahead of the 2016/17 campaign. And in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba, he has done exactly that.
Mourinho also stated that once all four ‘fundamental’ signings have arrived, he will consider making a move for some ‘supplementary’ additions.
However, while the Special One didn’t deny the possibility of more players arriving this summer, he expressed his contentment at the current state of his squad.
“The market is open until 31st August, but I am very happy with the players I have,” he said.
“I keep saying that I don’t talk about players from other clubs.”
As it stands, Mourinho has a wonderfully balanced squad at his disposal. There is a tantalising blend of crucial experience and youthful exuberance, hallmarked, of course, by the presence of Pogba – the world’s most expensive footballer.
The past three years have held witness to some truly substandard transfer dealings by both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal. Additions were often made erratically, or as a last resort, and nearly always took place with the season already underway. Under Mourinho, however, players have been spotted and signed with incredible efficiency.
It has been a true masterclass from Mourinho and Co, with former red Andy Cole likening Mourinho’s ruthlessness in the transfer market to that of Sir Alex Ferguson – perhaps the greatest possible accolade for a Man United manager.