Jose Mourinho is actively looking for players to turn his side’s fortunes around and Manchester United legend, Phil Neville agrees with this sentiment. Neville, who alongside brother, Gary, Ryan Giggs, David Beckham, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes formed the fabled class of ’92. These players were youngsters who broke into the first team and all went on to have hugely successful careers.
Mourinho was appointed United manager to instill a new since of wanting to achieve, after the laid back approach of both Louis Van Gaal and David Moyes. The 53 year old has a number of targets and has been given the backing of the board in terms of transfer funds, as they seek to reclaim their spot as England’s biggest football club.
The Manchester giants have been inconsistent all season, as top players have been nowhere their dominant best, and the Portuguese is looking to replace them as he eyes instant success, a trait he has been known for over the course of his managerial career.
Neville spoke to BBC according to Manchestereveningnews and he highlighted the importance of new arrivals, and also added that the purchase of a new centre back was very important. He said,
“I think it’s massive. I think you can tell by the way Jose is speaking that he still thinks there’s a lot more to come from this team. “I still think they’re missing a central defender. I think in January there will be two or three players bought by the club. “I think it’s a big, big rebuilding job. Having watched the games against Stoke, Burnley and against Arsenal at the weekend, United could have won all three of those games.”
Mourinho is in particular in search of two defenders. The likes of David Alaba and Virgil Van Dijk have been touted as new arrivals, but both will cost up to £70m, meaning Mourinho has to let go of some of his squad, to free transfer funds.
United have to go on a winning run as they have three home games in succesion. They play Feyenoord on Thursday, after which they entertain Slaven Bilic’s West Ham side in two games, albeit in the league and also in the quarter finals of the EFL Cup.