Jose Mourinho has insisted that he will need another transfer window to bring Manchester United back to the summit of English football.
The Portuguese had expressed a desire to bring in four new signings over the summer but the club could only get deals for Victor Lindelof, Romelu Lukaku and Nemanja Matic over the line, alongside re-signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic on a one year contract.
Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic had been lined up as Mourinho’s fourth signing but the Serie A side proved to be intractable in negotiations.
But the Portuguese, in spite of failing to land a fourth signing, has noted that, while more signings are needed, he has a very competitive squad at his disposal.
“We’re going to fight against very good teams, but we’re going to try,” he said. “I have said three [summer] transfer windows is what I need to have the team I want to have, the team I think can bring Manchester United to the top of English football and to close the gap to the top of European football again.
“And I still think we need that third transfer window, but I’m not going to wait for the third transfer window to try to reach it. Again, I like to accelerate. I don’t like to sleep on a slow watch, a slow timing, and let it go. I like to chase. I don’t like to wait.”
While this wasn’t the perfect transfer window for Man United, it was without doubt one of the best since the Sir Alex Ferguson era. Mourinho has addressed key areas with players already hardened to the Premier League and, in contrast to his rivals, can enter a busy September month with plenty of confidence.
Antonio Conte has openly noted that his board haven’t given him enough; Manchester City failed to land Alexis Sanchez; Liverpool have the murky cloud of Philipe Coutinho hanging over their heads; Arsenal’s transfer window has been simply laughable.
United, on the other hand, can embark on the 2017/18 campaign with a settled squad blessed with plenty of depth.