Manchester United might have won the Europa League and League Cup last season but the Premier League campaign fell someway short of expectations and it’s because of that, as well as returning to the UEFA Champions League, which means Mourinho needs to make some big signings this summer to compliment the four he made last year.
But who else is likely to follow Lindelof to United? The names might not be known but there is a general consensus towards what he needs – a new centre-back, a new midfielder, a new winger and a new striker. That’s exactly what is being reported today in the press – those four positions are Mourinho’s priorities.
#mufc prioritising four roles identical to last year but Mourinho wanted to make more signings then, so possible more than four will come.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) June 15, 2017
A new centre-back? Lindelof. Check.
A new central midfielder? A new winger? A new striker? There is work to be done yet by United but we’ve been linked to plenty of players who would slot in perfectly.
Fabinho is the defensive midfielder who most United fans would like to see move to Old Trafford. A tackler by nature with the finesse of a playmaker, he can win the ball and play it out from the back and would be a huge addition in a position where we’ve heavily relied on an ageing Michael Carrick for too long. Other options are Nemanja Matic, Eric Dier and Tiemoue Bakayoko.
As for the new striker, we’d all be very surprised if at this stage it doesn’t turn out to be Alvaro Morata. The 24-year-old Real Madrid striker has agreed personal terms according to reports and it’s just down to United and Real Madrid to agree on a fee. Alternatives include Andrea Belotti and Romelu Lukaku.
And when it comes to a new winger, Ivan Perisic is the bookies favourite. He’s a more natural winger than Henrikh Mkhitaryan is and wouldn’t tend to play in the No.10 role but in terms of adding unpredictability and bringing something different to the team, Perisic would tick that box and some. James Rodriguez could technically play out there but he’s more of a No.10 or a left central midfielder.
Mourinho will have a list of his priorities and choices in every position. He got his man in Lindelof, the question now is whether he’ll get who he wants in every other position too just like he did in his first year as United manager?