Phil Neville: Jose Mourinho expected to make three new signings

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United full-back Phil Neville believes Jose Mourinho will want to make three more signings over the next two transfer windows.

The 53-year-old made four signings over the summer, bringing Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba to Old Trafford for a combined sum of £149m.

Rumoured targets for next summer include Atletico Madrid duo Antoine Griezmann and José Giménez, Real Madrid’s Raphael Varane and Bayern Munich’s David Alaba.

Neville, speaking earlier this week, claimed that the Special One will want to continue his overhaul at Man United by bringing in three more players.

“I think it’s massive. I think you can tell by the way Jose is speaking that he still thinks there’s a lot more to come from this team,” he said.

“I still think they’re missing a central defender. I think in January there will be two or three players bought by the club.

“I think it’s a big, big rebuilding job. Having watched the games against Stoke, Burnley and against Arsenal at the weekend, United could have won all three of those games.

“So they’re not as far away as people are making out. They need to start winning games and go on a run.”

Needless to say, the knives are already out for Mourinho, just four months into his first season as United manager. Amid the widespread criticism of the 53-year-old there seems to be something of a faulty assumption: that the current United squad resembles the final edition of Mourinho’s desired team. But such a notion could not be further from the truth.

This is a mass re-building exercise. A psychological overhaul – alongside an overhaul in personnel – has to take place, and Mourinho can only do this by drafting in players that align with his serial winning mentality.

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