Henrikh Mkhitaryan has expressed his enthusiasm after seeing both Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku arrive at Manchester United this summer.
Lindelof arrived last month for £30.1m and has looked comfortable during Man United’s opening pre-season tour games against LA Galaxy and Real Salt Lake City.
Lukaku completed a surprise move to Old Trafford last week for £75m and didn’t take long to claim his first United goal during the 2-1 win over Salt Lake City.
And Mkhitaryan, speaking to Sky Sports, has noted that the pair will be fundamental to United’s campaign next year.
“Yes I’m very pleased, I’m very happy that they have joined Manchester,” he said.
“They are very good football players and it’s not just like that that they are here.
“It means that they are strong enough for this team and, of course, we are going to help them to settle down, to adapt themselves and to help us win the games.”
United supporters, and indeed those who follow clubs of a similar stature, place enormous emphasis on the transfer window. We have grown used to a litany of new faces each year: five in 2014; six in 2015; four in 2016. At this level, freshness is everything, if only for commercial benefit.
And I’m sure most supporters, with the above in mind, will be expecting more business to be done. But I would contend that, should Mourinho rest on his laurels now, it wouldn’t be the end of the world.
It would be a risk, that’s for sure. But there would be something valuable – and indeed quite Mourinho-esque – about the 54-year-old addressing the current group of players at his disposal, all of which have been at the club since day one of pre-season training, and saying: “Look, this is the group. I am putting my trust in you guys and nobody else.”
The Portuguese has always placed emphasis on engendering a tightly knitted, us-against-them collective mentality as his platform for success, and endlessly signing players – as Louis van Gaal did without much success – may not always be the answer.