Jose Mourinho has outlined his intention to spend even more money at Manchester United in order to drag the Reds into Europe’s top eight.
His side crashed out of the UEFA Champions League on Tuesday night after a woeful, timid display over two legs against 5th-in-La-Liga Sevilla, a poor side who could have been easily beaten.
Mourinho was in a peculiar mood after the game, telling reporters that it’s “nothing new” for Man United to be knocked out of the Champions League, something fans didn’t want to hear immediately after a gutting defeat that should never have happened.
Asked later what has to change at Old Trafford in order to make sure United reach the quarter-finals of Europe’s elite club competition next year, Mourinho didn’t hold back.
“Everything,” he said. “Everything together.”
Mourinho defended himself against the onslaught of criticism for spending more money before it even came.
“Everybody spends money, right? It is not just us, no? It’s not just changing for changing sake, it’s a natural process.
“And we’re not the only team that invests money. All clubs invest money in players.”
It appears another huge summer of spending is looming at United. Reports have suggest the board will trust Mourinho with the full amount they can, but he has lost the trust of some fans on Tuesday with his tactics.
This was not a matter of spending more money. Had United had another £150m of quality on that pitch, it’s unlikely it would have been much better. The Reds played the game wrong, they sat back, they refused to take the game to a weak side and paid the price.