Jose Mourinho has confirmed that he will place emphasis on securing midfield reinforcements over the summer transfer window.
Jean Michael Seri, Fred, Lorenzo Pellegrini, Jorginho, Julian Weigl, Leander Dendoncker and Sergej Milinković-Savić have all been mentioned as potential targets.
And Mourinho, speaking soon after Man United’s defeat to Tottenham Hotspur on Wednesday, confirmed that midfield would be an area of focus.
“Where can we get better players than [Juan] Mata, Martial, Lingard, Rashford, Alexis, Lukaku? In attack we have an amazing group of players,” he said.
“In midfield Michael Carrick will not be No 16, he will have ‘MC’ on his shirt next season, so we lose a player. It’s there in midfield where we need to – I’m not saying improve – but we need to get a player to compensate the situation of Michael. If Marouane leaves, yes we have two gaps there, so let’s see what happens.”
With Carrick and Fellaini both set to be out of the picture in the summer, combined with Ander Herrera‘s limited influence this season, you get the feeling that one midfield signing won’t be enough.
Mourinho will need to oversee an evolution in terms of attitude as well as personnel at the core of his side in the window after too often struggling to strike the right balance this season. The duo of Paul Pogba and Nemanja Matic have dominated lesser sides but come up short against opponents with greater intensity, highlighting that while United’s midfield circulation has improved this season, their temperament and shape in big games is still all wrong.
The 55-year-old’s main priority, then, will be to find a player capable of adding that crucial extra dimension ahead of his third campaign as United boss.