Transfer plans will already be doing the rounds in Jose Mourinho’s mind going into a summer window that is shortened.
The side he currently commands, despite its diversity in terms of having too many talents in one area, has its flaws that require immediate addressing.
Regardless of how smart of a style it may seem to deploy Young and Valencia, both one-time attacking wide-men at the club, as full-backs, it is not one that the Portuguese gaffer can hope to bank upon for the long-term.
Both of them are 32 years of age, and even though they may play in a manner that doesn’t make it seem so, new arrivals are a must.
This is to add to the fact that a full-back seems to perpetually exist on Mourinho’s wishlist at United, and is an area he hasn’t had much luck at yet, despite the kind of names he has been reportedly trying to attain.
Foremost in this is Tottenham’s Danny Rose, who has been linked with an Old Trafford move from quite a while now. The 27-year-old suffered an injury in recent months, which made a move in January not seem like a possible prospect.
However, The Guardian now reckons that Mourinho is hopeful of getting him to play at the club.
The big issue will be the price that Spurs may hold out for the pacey left-back. Daniel Levy is not known to be the most accommodating of negotiators, and the general asking price for the kinds of Walker and Mendy will ensure that Rose too, won’t come for cheap.
However, Mourinho may not have the luxury of holding out and playing a bargain, what with Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian believed to be on their way away from the club when the window reopens, with the latter already reported to have locked down a move to Italy.