Ryan Giggs: Jose Mourinho needs this in the summer transfer window

by Tanveer Arayan

Ryan Giggs has urged Jose Mourinho to sign “four of five players” – specifying a central midfielder to replace Michael Carrick and a centre forward – over the summer.

The Portuguese has clearly placed emphasis on finding a replacement for the 35-year-old over the summer, with Marco Verratti, Tiemoué Bakayoko and Eric Dier among those linked with a potential move.

Mourinho has also outlined a desire to secure another striker amid uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic‘s future at Old Trafford; other reports have suggested that finding a new left-back was a central priority over the summer.

And Giggs believes that the 54-year-old will need to once again sign a minimum of four players during the transfer window.

“He needs to replace Michael Carrick,” he said.

“[Zlatan] Ibrahimovic is going to be out for a year. I think he needs a centre-forward. Don’t know what going to happen with Wayne [Rooney]. I think he probably needs four or five players.”

Make no mistake, this is still by no means Mourinho’s ideal team. This season has transpired in a way that has highlighted promising areas – such as United’s midfield in full flow, along with the defensive solidity engendered by the Portuguese – whilst also outlining some pretty glaring shortcomings: the lack of a consistent left-back; a complete dearth of goals from attacking midfield; a dangerous reliance on Zlatan for goals.

Mourinho will have all of this, and more, swirling around his head ahead of what promises to be a hectic transfer window.

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