Ed Woodward opens up about Jose Mourinho’s summer transfer plans at Man United

by Tanveer Arayan

Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has explained plans of strengthening Jose Mourinho’s squad in the summer transfer window.

He claimed there will not be the churn of recent years as the club offloaded Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to Everton and Lyon respectively during the January transfer window.

The Portuguese boss did not add to his squad, but ESPN reports claim he is aiming to add a midfielder and two forwards, with Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann at the top of the wishlist.

Speaking about the squad in a press conference call to investors following the release of United’s second quarter financial results, he insisted they would attempt to bolster the squad.

“Are we happy with the roster? There is happiness from the manager in terms of where we are as a squad,” Woodward said. “There will be continual improvement, but we don’t have to churn a large number of players.

“Even if we won everything, you would always want to improve because that is the dynamic nature of the sport we are in.

“But we aren’t in a position where we need to churn a lot of players compared to where we were a few years ago.

“We want to get in a steady state, but I don’t want to guide on [the financial cost] of player spending.”

Mourinho was brilliant during his first transfer window at the club, attracting the likes of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan to Old Trafford without Champions League football to offer.

The squad has undoubtedly improved with his new arrivals and if he plans to bring in any more talent, it would be a massive step in the right direction.

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