Rio Ferdinand: Jose Mourinho needs to sign more world class players at Man United

by Leo Nieboer


Former Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand believes Jose Mourinho needs to sign more world class players in preparation for next season.

Mourinho, upon arriving in June, acquired the signatures of Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic with ruthless efficiency.

He then added the marquee signing of Paul Pogba in August, tabling a world-record £89 to secure the Frenchman’s services.

And Ferdinand, speaking to ManUtd.com, has insisted that the 53-year-old ought to continue his spending spree ahead of next season.

“Another key to United’s improvement has been the form and the star quality of the summer signings,” he said.

“Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Ibrahimovic are world-class superstars. We’re now back into signing world-class players. With Mourinho, I just think it’s a case of how long it’s going to take him to get things how he wants them.

“I think, looking at the run we’re on now, finishing in the top four is definitely something we can look at. Anything beyond that would be great but I’m not looking any further than getting back into the Champions League, consolidating and moving on from there.

“With that in mind, this weekend’s game just grows and grows in importance. It was huge anyway because it always is but, when you consider the stakes for both teams, the talent on the pitch and the quality of the two managers, it’s a game which is just absolutely huge.”

Mourinho, should his side finish in the top four, would have no problem attracting more big names. The likes of Pogba, Mkhitaryan and Zlatan have demonstrated that, unlike under Louis van Gaal, this current side serves as a place where big players can thrive and express themselves. This is an environment that brings the best out of people: connected, determined, and with a clear emphasis on powerful, fast, dynamic football.

Man United fans will hope to see the 53-year-old, over the summer, take one pinch of the club’s global turnover and buy the absolute best – those so-good-they-are-terrifying players – and launch an assault on the Premier League title next season.

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