At this stage of the season plans ought to be made to improve squads ahead of the next campaign. Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will need bridge the gap between the Reds and Manchester City if they’re to challenge for the Premier League title.
United still have a chance of winning silverware this season after booking their place in the FA Cup final, but last season’s league champions Chelsea stand in their way. Blues boss Antonio Conte has become increasingly aggravated by the board and appears to be on his way out of Stamford Bridge with the Cup final being his final game in charge.
However, United have failed to keep up with City throughout the season, while also falling short the in the Champions League and League Cup.
Reinforcements are expected this summer but Mourinho’s comment on ‘invest the basic’ won’t fill United fans will much confidence when it’s marquee arrivals they had been hoping for.
“We are going to invest the basic to improve our squad,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star. “We need to find a replacement for [Michael] Carrick and for [Marouane] Fellaini, if he leaves.
“And there is always in a squad, a player or a couple of players, who are not playing a lot and will try to leave. So we will touch our squad but more than spend, spend, spend, we believe in the evolution of our players.
“We have some young players that need to take with both hands the opportunities for their evolution.”
Usually with Mourinho these things can be took with a pinch of salt. If he came out and said United were going to invest big, break the bank and sign all the top players, football clubs would increasing their valuations for players United are interested in.
So, don’t take all of this to heart. Mourinho may well be playing the ‘playing hard to get’ card.