Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has shut down the prospect of any more attacking players arriving at Old Trafford in the summer.
Man United recently welcomed Alexis Sanchez to Old Trafford, and Mourinho has now suggested that the Chilean forward will be the last attacker through the doors for the foreseeable future.
Mourinho says that while Romelu Lukaku will be the only out-and-out number nine at the club next season (which pretty much paves the way for Zlatan Ibrahimovic to leave in the summer), the versatility of players such as Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial means that signing another striker simply isn’t necessary:
“We have Alexis, we have Romelu Lukaku, we have Martial, we have Rashford. Rashford can play on the left and on the right, Alexis is exactly the same, all of them apart from Lukaku can also play from behind, they can also play as a second striker.
“It’s bad for you because you like to have things to write and things to speculate especially in the summer, but I don’t want attacking players so don’t speak about attacking players coming here because nobody is coming here.
“Juan Mata, Lukaku, Rashford, Martial, Alexis … I don’t want attacking players so for speculation in the summer you have to go to other areas, but for attacking players I am really happy.
“We have to improve not in the quality of the players, we have to improve in the dynamic of the team and in the efficiency because even on Saturday it was a game to score more goals than two.”
Man United are likely to be linked with a whole host of attacking players in the summer, but despite the likely prospect of Ibrahimovic leaving in the near future, for the time being the manager has ruled out bringing in a replacement.
Sanchez scored his first goal for his new club in Saturday’s 2-0 victory over Huddersfield, while Lukaku scored his fourth goal in six games as he looks to rediscover the blistering form he showed earlier in the season.