Manchester United may be already guaranteed to secure their best league position in their post Sir Alex Ferguson era, but Jose Mourinho has insisted he still needs more quality in his squad in order to close the gap on Manchester City.
The Red Devils are currently 20 points behind their Sky Blue rivals across town with one game in hand, and despite going toe-to-toe with each other in the early weeks of the season, United’s title bid fell apart well before Christmas.
With Manchester City breaking three more Premier League records during their penultimate fixture against Brighton on Wednesday night, Jose Mourinho has declared he needs to further strengthen his squad this summer:
He told reporters: “How many points separates us from Man City? Not two, three or four but a lot of points. I think we need both; some of the people we have need to be more consistent in their performance, and we need more quality.
“I trust some more than others to bridge that gap. That’s normal. I know the players. I work with them for a couple of years. I know them better than anyone.
“Some of the players I am totally convinced are going to make it, some others I have some hopes they are going to make it, and some others I don’t believe are going to make it.
“Unless the squad is a perfect squad – where, if you buy a player you don’t like, then you buy another one – you have to keep in your squad players that you don’t love, footballistically, and players that you don’t totally believe have the level to the squad.”
Mourinho also declared that he wants Paul Pogba to stay at the club despite the £89 million man having being in-and-out of form for several months this season.