Is £300 million not enough spending for Manchester United?
By Joe Harker
Since arriving at Manchester United Jose Mourinho has spent almost £300 million on new players in an effort to improve the squad.
However, after a disappointing run of form he has highlighted the need to sign more players and insisted that his transfer spending is "not enough" for United to meet their ambitions. He has said that United are a big club but not necessarily a big team in what could be a message to the board to buy more players.
Former United player Ray Wilkins believes that Mourinho has spent wisely since moving to the club and he suggested that the onus is on the players to step up and justify their transfer fees. United are second in the league and are not having a bad season by normal standards but the excellence of Manchester City is showing up other Premier League title challengers and has raised the bar for everyone else. When everyone is fit most of Mourinho's signings would make the first team, but most believe that the club still needs more players and must therefore spend more money.
The club could target six new signings in an attempt to add depth and quality in positions where the current squad is lacking and with the transfer fees often paid by United that would represent a significant outlay. Over the next two transfer windows United might sign a pair of full backs, a pair of central midfielders, an attacking midfielder and a winger. Bringing so many players in may seem drastic but the squad needed overhauling since Sir Alex Ferguson retired and many of the players signed before Mourinho arrived have failed to impress. Some have already been sold while others might be seen as deadwood that needs to be cleared out.
One person who is less than sympathetic is Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. He has pointed out that he has been at a financial disadvantage for years and suggested that Mourinho need to find a way to deal with being outspent by title rivals.
The Daily Mail also believes that Mourinho is "way off the mark" with his comments. They believe he is not doing enough to improve the players he has and suggest that the manager does not trust his squad enough. That players are not scoring and the defence is conceding is not down to the lack of transfer spending, they say, but instead due to individual mistakes and the manager not getting the most out of what he has. Despite this, The Times believes that the board has no option but to back the manager in the transfer market. Mourinho may not think that United have spent enough and he seems ready to get his wish for more players.