According to an exclusive in The Mirror, Jose Mourinho is preparing a bid worth approximately £50 million for West Ham forward Marko Arnautovic in January.
The report suggests Mourinho thinks such a signing would revitalise United’s top 4 bid, following the team’s struggles with Romelu Lukaku hitting a dry spell and the rest of squad underperforming most weeks.
However, the standard United are playing at and the standard we expect from United are two very different things. That has been the case since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement and we’re currently being slapped with a massive dose of reality.
On Saturday, United were held to a 0-0 draw at Old Trafford against relegation battling Crystal Palace. The foreseeable future looks bleak from where we’re sitting.
So, before writing off Arnautovic as a target because ‘he’s a West Ham player aged 19’, ask yourself do you think he’d do a better job than some of the players currently at the club?
I don’t know the answer but someone far more qualified seemingly does…
Arnautovic has made 11 Premier League appearances so far this season, scoring five goals and assisting one, as per WhoScored. Lukaku’s comparison is a close one, playing two fewer games while scoring one less goal.
Mourinho job, however, should be far from safe at this point. We are into our third season with him as manager and the results are as bad as the football, which is pretty f*cking bad.
While it may result in United struggling more this season, giving Mourinho extra funds when there’s a good chance he won’t be manager by the end of the season would be a big mistake. The club should have bought the players he wanted in the summer, but that time has come and gone, probably ruling out Arnautovic’s chance of signing for the biggest club in English football.