Jose Mourinho was clear, bullish and even humorous about what is to come in his first press conference as United manager, and also let us United fans know more of what to expect under his regime.
Ins and Outs
As expected, the new boss was coy on potential transfer dealings having already securing the services of Villarrael defender Eric Bailly and Zlatan Ibrahimovic. However he did confirm the third signing of the summer was imminent, even having a joke with a United official over whether the deal had been officialy announced or not.
The deal jose was talking about was Dortmund winger Henrikh Mkhitaryan, after the Armenian international had already been confirmed to be joining United via Dortmund’s twitter page, and widespread reports suggested he was in Manchester to complete his medical on Monday afternoon.
Also, Mourinho said that he had secured 3 out of 4 priority signings, leaving United fans wondering who the fourth mystery target may be. Everything seems to suggest Paul Pogba is the target that would be the missing piece to Mourinho’s United jigsaw, however the attraction of Real Madrid may sway the Juventus centre midfielder to the Spanish capital.
A worry to the likes of Maraoune Fellaini, Juan Mata, Daley Blind and others was Mourinho’s quotes on specialist players in their positions. “I’m a manager that likes specialists” he said and also went on to say how there was only room for 1 or 2 ‘multi-functional’ players in his squad.
With Daley Bland vastly regarded as a player who can cover in a range of positions but not necessarily as specialist, his future has been cast in to doubt. Juan Mata is also another player who many already feel does not have a future with Mourinho after he was sold to United from Mourinho in his spell at Chelsea.
Wayne Rooney will not play in midfield
“Maybe he is not a striker, not a number nine any more but for me he will never be a number six or number 8, playing 50 metres from goal”.
This was Mourinho’s response to how Rooney will be utilized and suggests Rooney is most likely to operate in the number 10 position, just behind the striker next season. This comes after Rooney played in a deep lying postion for Louis Van Gaal and subsequently Roy Hodgson at the Euros.
Mourinho is keen to play youth
Jose was adamant and aggressive when it came to being questioned on his apparent inability to bring youth through, something that is in the heritage of United. He claimed he has brought through 49 different youth players over his career, some having even gone on to domestic and European success.
The Portuguese proceeded by saying he intends to play youth and plays youth out of choice, rather than necessity. Marcus Rashford, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Andreas Pereira are all acadamy products and giving these players who many believe are ready to be first team regularly, a chance to prove themselves at the highest level, will prove to United fans that Mourinho is more than willing to follow club traditions in his quest to bring back success to Old Trafford.
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