Manchester United went trophyless yet again this season. This was their 3rd trophyless season in last 5 years. The post SAF era has been agonizing for United fans but it looks like Mourinho has improved the squad. Albeit, after spending huge amounts of money.
But even with their runners-up finish in both the Premier League and FA Cup, there are plenty of questions that need to be answered.
Firstly, the underutilization of Pogba. Secondly, the alienating of Martial from the squad and thirdly the negative play. While it seems like Mourinho has plans of retaining Martial should a suitable offer come, the other two issues can be rectified if we are to construe the rumours.
If rumours are to be believed, Mourinho has again forwarded his list of players that he wants to Ed Woodward. And since the window is officially open now, we speculate who Manchester United could end up with, this season. Here are top 5 players who might become a part of the red devils next season:
#1 Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham Hotspur)
Alderweireld in his peak was one of the best defenders in the league when he helped Tottenham finish 2nd. But now times have changed and he has become the 3rd choice CB with Davinson Sanchez’s being preferred by Mauricio Pochettino. And with his age slightly on the higher side(29), it seems like the perfect time to move for him.
Manchester United had their fair share of defensive woes and Alderweireld looks perfect for Mourinho’s side. Experienced and solid. If the rumours are to be believed he’ll cost United around €40m.
#2 Diogo Dalot (FC Porto)
Not much is known about this Portuguese RB but his credentials stand impressive. A long-term replacement for the ageing Antonio Valencia, the Porto RB is an attacking fullback who helped Portugal win the U17 European Championship scoring 2 goals in 5 games.
With age on his side and versatility to play either side of the CBs, it’s not a surprise that Jose fancies him. If you remember how he developed Azpilicueta as an LB, there can only be promising prospects with this young defender. The defender has a release clause of just above £17m.
#3 Fred (Shakhtar Donetsk)
Fred is a highly rated CM pursued by a lot of clubs. The Brazilian has been a long-term target of Pep Guardiola but their City’s Pursuit for Jorginho has put the Red Devils in pole position to sign Fred from the Ukrainian side.
He’ll presumably be a part of a 3 man midfield with Matic and Pogba and will give Pogba much-needed freedom to display his flair, much like what Herrera did in the 2nd half of the season. Fred is an exciting dynamic midfielder who will add mobility and steel to the United Midfield. His asking price is on the higher side though with United possibly having to pay £52.5m to secure his services.
#4 Marko Arnautovic (West Ham United)
Arnautovic’s signing would most probably mean the end of Rashford’s chances through the middle for two reasons, Mourinho fancies a strong player up front who can hold the ball up. It has been a characteristic of his coaching career. Just look at Drogba. Secondly, Arnautovic though conventionally an LW, was moved to the centre under Moyes at United this season and Moyes reaped the benefits.
Arnautovic finished the season with 11 goals and 6 assists and on his day can destroy any team with his trickery and strength. Arnautovic, however, would cost Manchester United in excess of £45 million if rumours are to be believed.
#5 Alex Sandro (Juventus)
Although news has been coming out that Juve are ready to hand their Brazilian LB a new hefty contract but Mourinho will be hopeful that he rejects it. Afterall, Mourinho has been craving for a LB who is not Luke Shaw. For some reason, Mourinho has never quite put his trust in the Southampton graduate.
Alex Sandro again will add a lot of steel just how Mourinho likes it but will cost United in excess of £50m.