Three areas that Jose Mourinho needs to strengthen Manchester United in January
Since the retirement of Sir Alex Ferguson at the end of the 2012-2013 Premier League season Manchester United have been experiencing a period of, at best, stagnation, or at worst terminal decline.
This was due to a number of issues, primarily the loss of the iconic figure of Ferguson and the failure of both David Moyes and Louis Van Gaal to fill the void that the Scotsman left behind. However, less noticeable but no less important, was the steady decline in activity in the transfer market and the unwillingness of the club to invest heavily in world-class talent.
Whilst their noisy neighbours in the blue half of Manchester splashed the cash on the domestic front, PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Barcelona became the new financial powerhouses of the European transfer market. Whilst the Spanish giants were purchasing Gareth Bale and Neymar, United supporters were left with the prospect of Marouane Fellaini being their star signing.
However, this summer witnessed a significant change in the attitude of Manchester United’s hierarchy. In came Jose Mourinho, the definition of a super star manager, and in came over £150 million worth of new signings. The signing of Paul Pogba for a world record transfer fee was perceived as the club laying down a marker that demonstrated that Old Trafford was back in business and willing to throw around the club’s considerable financial clout once more.
However, the current United squad is current top heavy, over-loaded with attacking talent but lacking the defensive solidarity that normally characterises Joes Mourinho’s teams. If the Portuguese maestro is to recapture the glory days of Ferguson, then here are three area’s that he needs to strengthen when the January transfer window re-opens.
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