Manchester United transfer rumour: Red Devils manager Jose Mourinho chasing Willian
Willian has been somewhat frozen off from the starting squad ever since Conte switched to a three-man defensive system.
Jose Mourinho is keen on working with Brazilian star, Willian once again by bringing him to Old Trafford. The Portuguese manager is said to be plotting a £25 million move in January. The 28-year-old attacker gave some of his best performances at Stamford Bridge under Jose Mourinho, and would not shy away from a chance at working with him again.
Now that manager Antonio Conte is at the helm, Willian has been somewhat frozen off from the starting squad ever since the Italian switched to a three-man defensive system. The manager has put his faith in players like Pedro and Victor Moses to run the show instead. With the winger not having made a start since the beginning of October, rumours over impending moves are bound to spread like wildfire.
Willian signed a new four-year deal in July, however United are ready to probe Chelsea's stance on the Brazilian. Having been nominated as the club's player of the year last season, the Brazilian enjoyed a brilliant individual season despite the club's poor overall performance. Jose Mourinho rates the winger very highly and believes his individual skills will play a key part in United's second half.
Manchester United have only scored 17 times so far in the Premier League, which averages out to little over 1 a game. Immensely poor for a team that spent so much on attacking talent during the last transfer window. A distinct lack of creativity has been noticed, and Mourinho feels that Willian could be the answer.
United, who recently beat Feyenoord by 4 goals to nothing in their Europa League group stage fixture, would have another option on the wings on their hands if they were to acquire Willian's signature and Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata and Henrikh Mkhitaryan could do with some competition.
Jose Mourinho is understood to have prioritised defensive deals in January. The manager has been frustrated with his start at Manchester but has quite a few player on his radar. With the likes of Jose Fonte, Virgil van Dijk, Victor Lindelof and Aleksandar Dragovic amongst the names, United fans can expect a winter transfer window rife with rumours.
The United manage,r however, believes that in right time, results will come. “A big club with a big history obviously mean people want big results. But to make a point of comparison is that the best manager in the history of the Premier League [Ferguson] needed a few years to build such a successful period. So if the best needed that time, it means that the others need also need that time.”