With positive recent results and performances guiding Manchester United back up the Premier League table following a run of negative results, thoughts are now turned to next month’s transfer window and how Jose Mourinho will continue to put his stamp on the Old Trafford club.
Ex-United star and Sky Sports pundit, Gary Neville believes the next two transfer windows, starting next month will have a huge impact on the future of his former club and will determine if Mourinho is going to succeed at Manchester United where David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal both failed.
Speaking to Sky Sports as reported in the Manchester Evening News Neville said:
“I think Jose Mourinho will want to do big business in the next couple of transfer windows.
“I think to shift the mentality of the whole squad he’ll still need to do some more.”
Mourinho has already signed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and world record signing Paul Pogba. All four signings have begun to show how good they are and how they will help bring Manchester United back to the standards they set under Sir Alex Ferguson.
Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic hit the ground running at Old Trafford, with the Ivory Coast defender a stand-out performer in the early part of the campaign until injury curtailed his campaign. 35 year old Ibrahimovic has continued to defy concerns of his advancing years by scoring 16 goals in all competitions in the first half of the season.
Both Mkhitaryan and Pogba however struggled to adapt to the pressures of the Premier League but recent performances have shown they are now crucial to the future of the club under Mourinho.
While the ex-Chelsea boss has other areas which he needs to address, his biggest challenge is to find buyers for the players signed under the reigns of David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal.
Mauronne Fellaini, Morgan Schneiderlin, Bastien Schweinsteiger and Memphis Depay are thought to be surplus to requirements with many pundits labelling them as not of the required standard we have come to expect of a Manchester United player.
Recent injuries have given Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo the chance to impress. While all three have taken their opportunities and have given Mourinho some food for thought, the next two transfer windows will however see Mourinho clear out who he considers to be the deadwood, and as Neville expects the big business needed to transform Manchester United back to the summit of the domestic league will happen, with Mourinho hoping they can have as big an impact as his four signings so far.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena