Since Manchester United did not have the best transfer window this summer, it’s understandable that some fans are pessimistic about the club’s chances this year.
With the only big arrival being Brazilian midfielder Fred, the Reds may be a bit light if injury strikes at Old Trafford.
And because of that, Jose Mourinho may have had some thought and changed his mind on certain players being allowed to leave the club, with the European transfer window still open.
According to ESPN, the United manager has informed both Matteo Darmian and Marcos Rojo that he is keen to see them stay at the club beyond this month.
The report also states that Mourinho wants to keep the duo at the club until at least the window transfer window, in January, which indicates he may be set to dip into the transfer market to bolster his squad.
This time he will hope Ed Woodward can deliver the set targets.
Darmian has been attracting internet from a number of Serie A clubs, including Napoli, as per The Mirror. He may be better suited to the Italian league not only because it’s his homeland, but there’s where he performed at a high standard with Torino before earning a move to United.
Meanwhile, Rojo’s future was said to depend on Turkish side Fenerbahce qualifying for the Champions League, although they failed to do so midweek.
If Fenerbahce progress in the Champions League tonight they will look more seriously into signing Marcos Rojo.
If they don’t, they won’t.
— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) August 14, 2018
Having only brought in Diogo Dalot to improve his side’s defence, it’s not surprising that to hear Mourinho is keen to keep both Darmian and Rojo in Manchester.
That is not to say we’ll see much of either but, as the season goes on and we’re hit with injuries, Mourinho will need options available to him. The season has only begun and there are 6 absentees ahead of our Premier League clash with Brighton this weekend.
The problem with Darmian is he was told he could leave, and he wants to go in search of first-team football. While he’s getting that at the moment with Antonio Valencia out, the Italian will want to keep his place in the team once the Ecuador international returns.
Though Dalot may have something to say about that, we’ll just have to wait and see but competition for places is good.