Mourinho’s first Summer in Manchester says a lot

Mourinho’s first Summer in Manchester says a lot
Jul 25, 2016

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Upon Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Old Trafford, it was always clear people would focus on his transfer business, and I believe, after his actions so far, it says a lot about him and Manchester United.

It’s been a busy few weeks at Carrington with no less than £60m being spent before the start of August. Names such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic and a possible eye-watering fee for Paul Pogba’s services are floating just above the surface.

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Mourinho is a man, we all know, who’s success has generated through big-name signings, Mesut Ozil being one of them, has led to the youth of his previous sides drifting further away from progression into the first-team.

When you look at players rumoured to be heading for the Old Trafford exit, the list includes names such as Daley Blind, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo, proving that United just burnt through money under Louis Van Gaal.

It’s hardly a good thing for Ed Woodward on the transfer front, however, that may be why the Red Devils have gone after the players under the influence of agent, Mino Raiola.

The signing of Zlatan Ibrahimovic has bought forward a mixed reaction in Manchester with some fans delighted, leaving some deflated.

Ibrahimovic signing

One thing stated by Mino Raiola, his agent, was that he expects to play week in, week out which could cause a problem for the growth of Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial, who spent most of last season hugging the touchline.

Mourinho also recruited defender, Eric Bailly and midfielder, Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Villarreal and Dortmund respectively.

Mkhitaryan is a good bit of business, he’s a player who’ll bring creativity and a good work ethic to his new surroundings after being such a success at Dortmund where he played 137 games and managed to score 41 goals.

Mkhitaryan transfer article 2

Eric Bailly is a strange one, a good signing, but for a steep price, a deal that highlights the problem with the Premier League these days. People know Premier League clubs are chock-a-block with funds, so will evidently ask for a ridiculous fee knowing that most, if not all clubs will pay over the odds.


Despite claiming he’ll be giving plenty of youth players a chance, Mourinho has, so far, sold quite a few of United’s young prospects, Ashley Fletcher being the focal point after his move to West Ham and it’s hard to see which youth players will fit into ‘Jose’s United.’

I think most people would agree in saying that Mourinho is still the same, he’ll bring success, something Manchester United fans have missed since the days of Sir Alex Ferguson.


Many admired Sir Alex for his ability to rebuild at tough times during the season and his ability to play free-flowing, attacking football, something no one has been able to emulate. There’s some that believe the Red Devils have sacrificed their reputation for Mourinho’s short-termism.

Will he win trophies, or will we be talking about someone else’s first transfer window in two or three years time?

  1. I don’t think any United fans felt “deflated” after signing Ibra.

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      Robert says:

      He was a free transfer, not an amazing transfer but we can expect goals from him hopefully. We also have Martial sorting, Mkhitaryan scoring, Rashford etc.

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    Benjamin Morpurgo says:

    Interesting take, we’ll have to see what team plays and who leaves before the window closes. I doubt we’ll see that same fierce attacking play that was so familiar under SAF, but we’ll see

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