Gordon Mcqueen urges Jose Mourinho to sign Arsenal star Jack Wilshere
Manchester United are set for a new era under their new manager after the Red Devils have appointed Jose Mourinho to take charge from the 2016-17 season.
The Portuguese tactician has already completed his first signing as Ivory Coast defender Eric Bailly joined the 20-time English champions on a four-year deal on Wednesday. Former United defender Gordon McQueen has an advice for the former Real Madrid and Chelsea manager.
McQueen wants Mourinho to bring Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere to Old Trafford and then build his team around the England international. He believes a fit Wilshere has a lot to offer for United and the Gunners could allow their star man leave the club as the Red Devils signed Robin van Persie from the Emirates outfit in the past.
"United could build a team around a fit Jack Wilshere, but right now I doubt Arsenal would sell him. They let Robin van Persie go to United, so you never know," McQueen told Goal.
"United are a huge club and big-name players will always listen to them, but they are not in the Champions League next season and that will work against them."
There were reports that United's executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward would hand Mourinho a £200m war chest to strengthen the squad in the summer transfer window. McQueen believes the new manager at Old Trafford will use the budget handed to him wisely and admitted there will be several exits at the club. "I don't think £200m will be anywhere near enough. The money involved nowadays has gone crazy," the former United defender said.
"Mourinho will spend every penny he is given, he has to, but he will also have to look closely at what he has already got before deciding where to strengthen and who he can realistically afford.
"He will have to sell some of his assets - players like Juan Mata will go. He already sold him once when they were at Chelsea together. His most sellable asset is Anthony Martial but that would get him off on the wrong foot with the United fans.
"His budget will be less than Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, who already have a much stronger squad, so there will have to be a lot of wheeling and dealing. Mourinho will have to show his skills in the marketplace to make United competitive."