Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho finally got his dream job at Old Trafford, and former player Andre Schurrle says that there will be “a lot” of signings by the Portuguese boss. United will need to add reinforcements to get back on top of the Premier League table and qualify for the UEFA Champions League again. Mourinho will have his work cut out for him at United, and so will his players. Expectations of Mourinho’s players are generally high and will have to perform to his standards. If Mourinho does not like what he sees, it would not be surprising if he makes multiple signings to get players he thinks or knows will work under his system. Schurrle, who played under Mourinho at Chelsea but signed for Wolfsburg in 2015, spoke about Mourinho’s northbound move to Manchester:
“He expects a lot of his players. He will probably buy a lot players that suit him and how he wants to play and we will see how they get on.
“If you do what he wants and play well, it’s easy. But sometimes he wants a lot of you and it’s difficult. He is a very demanding manager.”
Once Mourinho was even rumoured to take the reigns at United, big names throughout the world became linked with the once Real Madrid manager. Mourinho has coached some of the biggest names in the sport and his winning record with these stars means that no player is out of his reach. Though it is extremely unlikely that United signs players of the enormity of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, or even Gareth Bale. However, a marquee signing would not be surprising from Mourinho. With Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Henrikh Mkhitaryan expected to sign, Mourinho will most likely go after a midfielder such as the highly linked James Rodriguez and Paul Pogba.
Mourinho will make signings and there is no doubt about it. This is his chance to make his own edition of Manchester United, but he must keep the roots. Playing youth academy products is an absolute must at United, but that is not a trait seen in Mourinho’s past clubs. He will probably look to make transfers to fill whatever needs he feels United has to address, but the club has quality in the youth to make an impact in the first team. It was seen in Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and especially Marcus Rashford last season, and should be utilized again.
New signings will happen with Mourinho, but the old guard must remain. Mourinho knows this, and that is why Michael Carrick received a new deal. His one-year extension is a sign that Mourinho will work to use the players already at his disposal. Club captain Wayne Rooney will lead the Red Devils next year as captain yet again, and should feature in a midfield role, which will be a change for the England all-time leading scorer. Rooney will need to play an important role for Mourinho, and the manager could be looking to keep the skipper for longer than the three years left on his contract. Whatever Mourinho decides to do with the current squad, he will have to avoid making “panic buys” if players are not performing well at first.
Signing the right players is key for Mourinho and United, which means making sure he avoids making any panic buys. Clubs will be hesitant to sell players to United because the club is every other clubs’ rival. The defence can get repaired, the midfield could get patched up, and a striker should be added. By making logical choices to fit in at United, Mourinho could have a good first season at Old Trafford. It will be rather experimental, but the manager has a chance to turn the team into a squad of his own.