Dwight Yorke optimistic over Manchester United’s transfer window

by Leo Nieboer

Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes that Jose Mourinho will be able to deliver a number of top signings this summer with the allure of Champions League football.

The Portuguese has already secured the services of Victor Lindelof, who arrived on a four year contract for a fee of £30.7m earlier this month.

He is still in the market for a striker, winger and defensive midfielder, with Alvaro Morata, Ivan Perisic and Fabinho the three main targets.

And Yorke, speaking on Sky Sports, believes that Man United, with Champions League football guaranteed, are in a position to make some serious reinforcements over the next few months.

“United are obviously looking to add to the squad. We know that – it is not a secret,” he said.

“I think that Man United being the richest club in the world and in the Champions League as well, things are looking up. We can attract all the players. Now that we are in the Champions League, I think that we are in a position to strike.

“I believe that come the start of the season we will get three or four quality players in to make sure we are competitive enough and raring to try and win the Premier League.”

The Louis van Gaal era was largely hallmarked by a pattern of big names arriving and then failing to fully immerse themselves in the Premier League: Angel Di Maria, Radamel Falcao, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Memphis Depay – all remarkable talents that never looked comfortable when pitted against the brawn of English football. They were glamorous signings and did, on occasion, show signs of brilliance, but they weren’t geared to the climate they found themselves in.

Mourinho, however, is specifically targeting players that he, as somebody with more experience of challenging for titles in this country than most, believes can make a difference: Lindelof, Morata, Perisic and Fabinho are not, like the aforementioned quartet of Van Gaal mistakes, glamorous names, but they will all understand the exact nature of their roles at Old Trafford.

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