Nothing epitomises summer short-termism more than West Ham’s decision to spend a reported £36 million on four players with a collective age of 119 years.
If the France full back lines up alongside new goalkeeper Ederson, right back recruit Kyle Walker, John Stones and Nicolas Otamendi, the club will have a back-five worth almost 200 million pounds ($260 million).
The former Sweden global has been recovering from surgery at United’s training ground and is expected to be fit again in December. Mourinho will have to learn to trust the fringe members of his squad if United are going to still be in contention at the business end of the season. Mourinho is quoted by the Daily Star as having said that despite being a “giant” club, United can not depend on it’s reputation alone to compete for major titles.
“After there were quite a lot of people surrounding him and taking photos – it’s not what we’re used to”. Step by step, we’re going to fight.
Two of the most glaring failures of last season’s team was an inability to score against weaker opposition, and a tendency for the attack to become static and predictable.
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The fallout between Diego Costa and Chelsea boss Antonio Conte has resulted in the Champions League victor with the task of replacing the goals outcast Costa produced in Chelsea’s title winning season just gone.
A winger is said to be Mourinho’s fourth and final target and he’s been linked with moves for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic as well as Real Madrid star Gareth Bale. The only option Mourinho could truly call upon was Marouane Fellaini, brought on because the Red Devils had no other options that could make an impact on the game.
The big money arrivals of Romelu Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Nemanja Matic certainly represent the necessary statement of intent, though United have tried and failed, often at great expense, to find a winning formula since Sir Alex Ferguson retired.
According to FCInterNews.it, the agent of Perisic has visited Manchester United to give them the latest on the Croatian global.
The likelihood is that Zlatan Ibrahimovic will return to Manchester United in January.
Romelu Lukaku, a £75million buy from Everton and the man tasked with filling Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s boots, looks the obvious choice in the first goalscorer betting given he has scored against the Hammers in seven of his last eight appearances.
United are, however, aware of the need to push themselves back into Premier League contention, with Pogba setting the lofty target of challenging on all fronts in 2017-18.
“There are some transfers that have gone ahead so far that are so above our levels you nearly have to disregard them”.