Jose Mourinho was not as happy man in his press conference on Friday, and delivered a huge rant explaining just why he’s actually making progress with Manchester United – and claimed that Manchester City are miles ahead of them due to better recruitment and spending.
It’s hard to deny the league leaders have spent a huge deal of money, but United aren’t exactly shopping in the bargain basement, and it seems more down to just who United have been buying – and that includes some of Mourinho’s purchases as well.
He said: “If the clubs that are in better situation than us, if they stop investing and we keep investing – not just in spending, but also in information and time – we are side by side. But if they keep investing the same or more than us, it’s difficult. It’s as simple as that.
“We will try but the reality is that some clubs, they were more ready to win. Other clubs are not ready to win. One thing is to go for the jugular and another is to build a different process.
“The players have to learn how to cope with that level of expectation and that level of pressure.
“They have to survive and when they survive they become stronger. An easy life with the fans not upset and no critics, that’s not good. If you want to make a real top team with a top mentality, you need to grow up.
“Do you know what is also heritage? It is that Nicolas Otamendi, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and David Silva are all investments from the past, not from the last two years.”
Given Mourinho’s words, and his claims that everything will now have to change when it comes to his squad, the club may well once again be big spenders in the summer transfer window.
To see United follow up on their winter window business, where they of course landed Alexis Sanchez wouldn’t come as a shock, with Mourinho reportedly targeting players to strengthen his midfield after the retirement of Michael Carrick and of course also defenders, with his hapless defence causing real issues at times.