Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho says he is keen to work with more Brazilian players at Old Trafford – but believes Chelsea won’t make it possible to sign Willian.
Mourinho brought Willian to England during his second stint as Blues boss, but says he doubts the Stamford Bridge club will sell him to United.
What I find interesting, given Mourinho’s comments, there is only one Brazilian in the current United squad, and that is Andreas Pereira, who is on loan at La Liga club Valencia.
In an interview with ESPN, Mourinho said: “I think that a team without a Brazilian isn’t a team. But also, a squad with three or four Brazilian athletes, depending on their profile, cannot make a great team too. I’m kidding!
“I think their talent is fantastic and the creativity of the Brazilian player cannot be measured. If a European team, like, very European, could have a Brazilian in their squad, it would bring a ‘Brazilian thing’ to the game and I think that’s very important.
“I worked with Brazilian players in every team I coached, and I enjoyed [them] a lot, everything they can give and also every problem they can create! But honestly, I enjoyed a lot, and who knows we can have a Brazilian in the squad next year.
“I don’t believe it will be Willian, because Chelsea won’t make it possible.”
Willian, in my opinion, would be a fantastic addition to this United team. There’s an imbalance in the team at the moment with most of our plays going down the left flank because that’s where the pace happens to be. If somehow, we could alter that and make the other side equally as dangerous for next season we will be a more potent unit going forward.
But Mourinho is probably right. Chelsea know Willian is a player who would drastically improve United and after gifting us Nemanja Matic last summer because they were getting Bakayoko from Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, they’re unlikely to make the same mistake again.