Jose Mourinho: Manchester United do not want to buy players in the January transfer window

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho has confirmed he will not make any new signings at Manchester United during the January transfer window.

The 53-year-old, upon arriving in June, quickly acquired the services of his four ‘fundamental’ targets ahead of the 2016/17, bringing in Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba.

It has been reported over the last month that Mourinho had expressed an interest in the likes of Victor Lindelof, James Rodriguez, Antoine Griezmann and even former red Patrice Evra ahead of the transfer window.

But Mourinho, speaking to Sport TV following Man United’s first leg 2-0 win over Hull City in the League Cup semi final, made it clear that he would not make any new signings during the January period.

“I am convinced that in this winter market we will be sellers and not buyers,” he said.

“We want to raise pounds to attack in the summer, as we did this year with the contract of four players.”

Tuesday’s win over Hull extended United’s unbeaten run to 15 games, and they have a chance to secure their tenth win in a row against Liverpool on Sunday. After an early season lull, Mourinho’s men have found their drive, producing a series of performances packed with purpose and ruthlessness.

They are, above anything, a watertight unit, working tirelessly towards a mutual goal under the Portuguese, and the manager is wise to not disrupt such a level of balance with a couple of new names during the January period. Not signing anyone is another way of affirming that, yes, Mourinho is indeed happy with his current squad – a message that will only serve to further galvanise his men heading into the business end of the season.

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