Manchester United has been known for spending loads of cash on bringing in fresh talent to bolster their squad. They even set a world record transfer fee by bringing in Paul Pogba for £89 million. A year later, and Mourinho is back to his spending ways, completing deals for Victor Lindelof and Alvaro Morata for a combined amount of around £100 million.
Jose Mourinho took the job as Manchester United managed in late May of 2016. He was sacked by the Chelsea board after going from first in the Premier League all the way down to 10th. In his first year at Old Trafford, he finished in 6th place, but won the League Cup and Europa League.
Coming into this window, there was no doubt that Manchester United would add some top-class players to their squad to regain their Premier League giant status. Lindelof could pair up with Eric Bailly very successfully, and Alvaro Morata is coming in to replace prolific Swedish striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who will not sign a new contract with the club.
Victor Lindelof will make a trip to the red side of Manchester after playing for Benfica in the Portuguese top division. He won 3 championships with them, only at the age of 22. He will join Eric Bailly to form one of the best young center back partnerships in the entire Premier League.
Unlike Bailly, Lindelof is a very passive defender. He doesn’t fly into tackles often and likes to contain the attacker rather than get him off the ball immediately. He is very good with his feet, constantly playing short, possessive passes.
The other signing, a signing twice more expensive than Lindelof, is Spanish forward Alvaro Morata. The talent of Morata was unveiled during his time at Juventus. He went to Real Madrid in 2016, where he continued to play well for Los Blancos. Now, he finds himself a huge move to Manchester United, and is convincing more of his teammates, like Gareth Bale, to make the move along with him.
Mourinho told Morata that he would “be important” at the club. In the end, the final price was about £70-£80 million.
The Spaniard scored 20 goals for Real Madrid in all competitions this season. He is a very accomplished dribbler and can draw fouls like nobody’s business. He can score from very long ranges and creates chances with shots or playing key passes.
With the amount of cash Manchester United has to spend, there is no telling how many players they are still going to bring in and who they will be. Ever since Sir Alex Ferguson left the club, United has been cursed with bringing in managers that don’t fit the bill and seasons of mediocre finishes. Now with a manager that has won league titles in multiple countries, there is no reason for the Red Devils to slip up once again.