The best review brand can confirm that Jose Mourinho faces the upheaval task of catching up with the table toppers of the League as they stand the risk of not qualifying for the Champions League next season unless they improve.
Out of a possible 27 points, United have amassed only 14 in the Premier League, a very poor start by every standard of the club. The Red Devils translated their poor form to the Champion League and lost in a subdued performance to Juventus at the Fortress of Old Trafford.
Although Jose Mourinho has spent heavily in the past transfer windows, the last was not an exception, totalling £387 million expenditure in transfers since his 2016 arrival. However, the Portuguese boss has blamed the inability of his squad to compete favourably with other elite clubs on the dearth of transfer activities, according to MEN.
“To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” he pondered after the draw against Juve.
A reply came. “Investment?”
“Yes,” Mourinho said.
“Juventus is champions for seven years, I think seven years in a row,” Mourinho told a news conference. “Two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and not happy with what they have.
“They want more, they want more. They had [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Mario] Mandzukic, [Paulo] Dybala, they want more. They want Ronaldo. They had [Andrea] Barzagli, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Danieli] Rugani, they are not happy, they want more. They want Bonucci and they go for the best players in the world.”
Knowing well that to get quality players in the January transfer window requires a bit of luck, we take a brief swipe at two players that Man United can side to make them formidable in January.
Arguably the best player in the Dutch League at the moment, Lozano was plucked by PSV Eindhoven from Pachuca in the summer of last year – ever since the Mexican has seen his stock steadily increasing.
He can play from any of the wing forward position and behind the striker – his ability to dribble and score makes him a potent force against opponent. The 23-year-old star will not just be an option but a probable replacement for Alexis Sanchez.
United are not short of defensive options in their squad but Jose Mourinho is wary of their ability to keep things tidy at the back. Eric Bailly, Phil Jones have demonstrated poor form, leading United to a search for a more study and reliable centre-back.
Alderweireld is in the final year of his contract with Tottenham. Although they have the option to extend by a deal, it will trigger a 25million release clause.
The aforementioned Belgian will add steelness and leadership to the Red Devils, a trait that is currently missing at the fortress of Old Trafford.
Money to be Made?
Whether United will be able to turn their season around and actually compete for a Champions League place this season remains to be seen. You hardly have to be a master of the basics of sports betting to know that the current odds to win the Premier League (+8000) aren’t exactly favorable. That said, perhaps Jose Mourinho’s men can use their stunning 2-1 Champions League victory at Juventus as a springboard moving forward.
Lozano and Alderweireld would be helpful additions, but there is a very real chance that United has already dug itself into too deep a hole. With so many teams already well ahead of them in the league table, betting on the Red Devils to surge all the way back to the top this season would be a fool’s errand.