Jose Mourinho: I watched Man United for months before deciding new signings

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho claims he watched Manchester United in action for months before deciding his new signings.

The Portuguese boss was appointed as Louis van Gaal‘s successor in May and had his eyes set on four fundamental signings.

He set a deadline before the club’s Premier League opener against Bournemouth and the board have been able to complete deals for Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba before then.

Speaking about his plans, Mourinho revealed he had ideas about the squad on the day he arrived at Old Trafford.

“First of all, I didn’t buy them. I don’t have enough money to pay that amount,” he said.

“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 was not working since December. I watched Manchester United play many, many times. I had an idea about the squad and when I arrived I was ready to be objective.

“This is what I would like to have, decide the numbers for each position. So if you cannot get this one then you have the second, third or fourth. Every time I was making a written report to the board, I think the board could feel consistency in my analysis.

“The targets were there on the table, after that was the club power and they were very strong, they were very good and they did everything before August 14. They could have done August 30, but, no, they did it by August 14.”

Mourinho has done brilliantly to complete his signings early this summer, the club have often been left scrambling on deadline day under Louis van Gaal and David Moyes, but it looks like those days are behind us.

The Portuguese boss has shown his intent to build a world-class squad and there’s no doubt he finally has everything in place to succed at Old Trafford.

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