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Manchester United: The 4 defenders on Jose Mourinho's Wishlist

Neil Juneja
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3.09K   //    25 Jul 2018, 17:05 IST

Manchester United Pre-Season Training and Press Conference
Jose Mourinho

Tactically, Jose Mourinho is one of the best managers in world football. Don't believe me. His record speaks for himself.

His professional managerial career has been nearly 18 years long. In 18 years, he's won 25 trophies. He's not just won trophies, he's won them impressively in some of the biggest leagues in the world.

Out of the 885 games that he's managed so far, he's won 579 of them. That makes his win percentage 65.4%- a very respectable achievement.

He has a winning mentality and that winning mentality stems from a primarily defensive mindset. No manager knows how to 'park the bus' as successfully as Jose. He may not play the most attractive football but he gets the club the all important results. At the end of the day, that's what matters.

You evaluate the success of a manager on the basis of the number of trophies that he's won for the club. And, Jose Mourinho has developed a habit of winning wherever he goes.

Next season is going to be his third season with Manchester United. Honestly, that in itself is quite a statement of commitment. On an average, Mourinho spends 2.15 years with a club hence, by going into his third season with United, he's already bettering his average.

When Mourinho signed a new contract extension with Manchester United in January, it showed his ambition. His new contract runs up till 2020 and surely, winning a Premier League title by then is very much on his agenda.

Mourinho's spell at United so far cannot be called a failure. In three seasons, he has won three trophies with them. The trophies may be small but they are trophies nonetheless.

Looking at United's performances last season, one can already see that the players have imbibed Mourinho's philosophy. While ordinarily finishing 2nd in the Premier League is a notable achievement, for a club like Manchester United and a manager like Mourinho, it's considered to be a failure.

To get one step closer to winning the Premier League, United need to add some quality players to its ranks.

So far in this transfer window, Mourinho has shored up the midfield by signing Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk. His main concern this transfer window has been to steady United at the back and to do so, he brought in Diogo Dalot from Porto- one of the best full-backs in his age-category in Europe.

His defensive wish-list consists of 4 other world-class defenders. If Mourinho is able to sign even one of these players, United can be backed as serious title-contenders this season!


#4 Harry Maguire (Leicester City)

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Harry Maguire

The England centre-back announced himself on the world stage in considerable style. After having a very good season with Leicester City last year, he only bettered his reputation after an impressive showing at the World Cup.

Much to Leicester City's dismay, his impressive performances at the World Cup have won him many suitors.

After being heavily linked with a move away from the King Power Stadium, in a recent interview, Claude Puel made his intentions absolutely clear.

"It is important for Maguire to continue for Leicester. When we welcome players back from the World Cup, I hope we can give them the opportunity to continue advancing their ambitions and perform in the Premier League."

Jose Mourinho fancies bringing Maguire to Old Trafford but he may be put off by the price that Leicester is asking for him. In a bid to ensure Maguire stays at the club, Leicester has slapped a whooping figure of £60 million price-tag on his services.

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