Reports: Manchester United will not give Jose Mourinho funds to spend in January
The Red Devils spent in excess of 100 million over the summer
Manchester United will not be freeing up funds in the January transfer window for Jose Mourinho to spend after the investment they have made over the last two summer windows according to Daily Star Sunday. Jose Mourinho was given a war chest to overhaul the squad left behind by Louis Van Gaal this summer and he spent £145million on four players.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan joined from Borussia Dortmund, Zlatan Ibrahimovic came on a free after letting his contract run down at PSG. Central defender Eric Bailly was bought from Villarreal and last but certainly not the least Paul Pogba broke the world transfer record with an £89 million move back to where it all began.
But United’s signings have failed to hit the ground running so far in the league. Pogba has been hot and cold, coming under heavy criticism for his wavering performances. Zlatan after a great start has dropped off, having not scored in a while now.
Mkhitaryan still hasn’t been able to get into the first team. Bailly has been very impressive so far in defence but has now been sidelined with a ligament injury for a couple of months. Their performances have also reflected on their current position in the league table.
The Board has decided that despite Mourinho's perils they will not be spending a large sum of money this January to improve the squad any further. United have managed to win just one game out of the last 6.
That solitary win came in the UEFA Europa league against Fenerbache. The Red Devils faced off against Robin Van Persie and his team and came away with the three points but the Dutchman did manage to score against his former club.
United arguably should have gotten a win against Burnley at home on Saturday. But the Red Devils did everything but score. They managed to have 37 attempts on goal a record since Opta records began and still only managed a 0-0 draw.
Tom Heaton was in inspired form for the Clarets, but some of United’s finishing was also poor. They had the chance to win the game right at the death when Zlatan had a chance to bury one from close range but fired over when you would expect him to gobble up chances like those.
United’s primary target next summer is Antoine Girezmann. They have been linked with the Frenchman in the last few months and are ready to break the transfer record once again to secure his signature.
But Jose’s plans for January targets will have to be put on the back burner after the Board’s decision.