As Manchester United prepares to play its first match in the 2016 season of the English Premiership league on Sunday, new manager, Jose Mourinho has disclosed that he has been studying the team carefully since December in order to pinpoint exactly how the squad needed to be transformed this summer.
Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford has coincided with a busy transfer window for the Red Devils, with world record signing Paul Pogba joining Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
“Mourinho arrived at United with clear instructions on what he wanted – a centre-back, a central midfielder, an attacking midfielder and a striker and he gave Ed Woodward a list of potential options at each position”, reports skysports.com.
The Portuguese believes United’s summer transfer business has put them in a great position to succeed this season and praised club’s money men for their “magnificent” approach to pushing through the deals.
“First of all, I didn’t buy them. I don’t have enough money to pay that amount,” Mourinho said, ahead of Sunday’s Premier League opener at Bournemouth.
“So credit to the club, credit to the potential that the club has, not just financially but also what the club means for the world of football to attract players.
“I think I gave a contribution because I was very objective. I think some managers, they have doubts. I don’t know the word but they find it difficult to decide, they are almost decided and then you come with another idea. Then the clubs feel that you are not so sure about it. I was very objective from day one.