The Portuguese has used a mixture of Luke Shaw, Daley Blind, Matteo Darmian, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young at left-back this season, with nobody fully satisfying the demands of the role on a regular basis.
It was reported earlier this week that Mourinho had expressed an interest in securing the services of Barcelona’s Jordi Alba as a potential candidate for the left-back slot ahead of the 2017/18 campaign.
And according to Yahoo Sport UK, the 54-year-old will place emphasis on landing a world-class left back once the transfer window opens in June.
The report also notes that Mourinho had identified a potential left-back option in the form of AS Monaco’s Benjamin Mendy, who has demonstrated impressive levels of raw energy and discipline in that role under Leonardo Jardim this season.
The 54-year-old, through his use of Rojo, Blind and Darmian, has sought to counterbalance Antonio Valencia‘s attacking impetus with some defensive solidity on the other side. But interest in Mendy and Alba suggests that, ahead of what promises to be a make or break campaign, Mourinho is creating a platform for a more dynamic approach next season.