Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the £300 million he has spent on players is not enough.
With the Red Devils needing Jesse Lingard to scored a double to draw with Burnley, the draw leaves the club 12 points behind Manchester City, with a game in hand for the Citizens. However, while Jose Mourinho already has spent nearly £300 million on players since his arrival, the former Blues boss has said that it isn’t enough.
The Red Devil’s boss went on a spending spree, breaking the world record for Paul Pogba after a €105 million transfer fee, bringing in Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Eric Bailly, Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof for around €240 million in transfer fees. However, despite that Mourinho pointed out at rivals Manchester City spending and buying full-backs for the value of goal-scoring strikers.
During his post-match interview, Mourinho said, “One thing is a big club and another thing is a big football team. They are two different things. We are in the second year of trying to rebuild a football team that is not one of the best teams in the world.
Manchester City buy full-backs for the price of strikers. When you speak about big football clubs, you are speaking about the history of the club. It is not enough. And the price for the big clubs, the price for the big clubs is different from the other clubs.
So the big, historical clubs are normally punished in the market for that history.When you tell [describe] a club like Manchester United, do you think Milan is not as big as us? You think they are not as big as we are?
Do you think Real Madrid are not as big as we are? You think Inter Milan is not as big as we are? There are many big clubs and you say big clubs, I know what is a big club.”
Rivals Manchester City and Pep Guardiola did spend €130 million on three defenders during the summer and despite what Jose Mourinho said, Manchester United €140 million on Matic, Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku. But despite that, the Citizens sit a-top the Premier League table unbeaten, while the Red Devils’ sit 12 points(which could become 15 after the City play on the 28th) having already lost three games.
Mourinho further added “I am not happy with the result, and against Leicester, but I am happy with my players. The quality of our play, the risk that we took today and also against Leicester, the team that deserved to win both matches is us.”
While many would disagree with what Jose Mourinho says, £300 million in this day and age barely buys a single player. However, it all depends on how one spend that money and while Manchester City has used it to strengthen key positions that needed to be strengthen, things haven’t clicked for the Red Devil’s new signings.