Jose Mourinho has refused to rule out the possibility of making new additions over the January transfer window.
But it wasn’t the perfect transfer window, with Mourinho voicing his desire to secure an attacking wide player – namely Ivan Perisic – before the window closed, but no such deal ever materialised.
And Mourinho, speaking at a press conference ahead of the clash with Huddersfield, noted that injuries within his squad may serve as a catalyst for some January spending.
“I don’t know what to say,” he said.
“Yes is true I wanted four players and I think clearly everybody knows the position, maybe you know the player, didn’t happen but we adapt to it and try the best we can.
“The injury process normally is some guys get injured, some guys recover from injury unless we lose completely the balance this happens to almost every team unless some team has a phenomenal season and not even a broken nail happens to a player but what I expect from a normal season is Zlatan will be back and Marcos will be back, and Pogba and Fellaini will be back and someone will get injured.
“I don’t want to speak about signings yet, or market or Jan, we are in October, we have Nov, Dec and half of October to play, so why should I speak about the market.”
Spending in January is rarely something I agree with primarily because bringing in new players mid-way through the campaign is normally tantamount with admitting your squad wasn’t good enough in the first place.
But not always.
In Mourinho’s case, there were a couple of areas – left-back and attacking midfield – he wanted to address that the club couldn’t get over the line – mainly because, by August, a loaf of bread would have cost around £100m on the transfer market.
Perisic is now completely off the table ever since the Croat signed a new contract with Inter Milan, but the likes of Andre Gomes, Danny Rose and Mesut Ozil are all potential options ahead of the new year.