With Jose Mourinho eager to win that piece of silverware, it is also fair to say that the manager is giving deep thought to how his side will have to be reshuffled going into his third season at Old Trafford.
His most recent remarks go hand in hand with what he has said earlier, stating that the heart of their midfield will be the primary area requiring reinforcements.
As quoted by Manchester Evening News, Jose stated: “We are going to invest the basic to improve our squad. We need to find a replacement for Michael Carrick, if Marouane Fellaini leaves, we need to find a replacement for Marouane Fellaini.”
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Carrick is all set to join United’s coaching staff once he retires at the end of this season. Fellaini, on the other hand, is apt to leave as well, as another attempt by United to extend his contract has been rejected by the Belgian.
With Juventus, West Ham and even Leicester said to be eager to try and sign the towering midfielder, a departure seems likely and perhaps even assured.
The boss continued: “Can we improve next season? Let’s try. Can Manchester City keep this level or improve this level? Only they can say. But if they have the team they have and if they are going to invest on top of the team they have of course is going to be very difficult for us.”
This is certainly the plan for now. However, Manchester United also have existing options to look at, as Scott McTominay has already replaced Pogba in midfield when the latter was underperforming.
Mourinho seems to have similar ideas: “So we are going again to touch our squad and to believe that more than spend, spend, spend, is probably the evolution of our players. We have some young players that need to get with both hands opportunities with their evolution, so let’s see.”