Jose Mourinho has outlined both his, and the clubs transfer policy with regard to making signings in the January transfer window.
United were expected to be relatively quiet in the current window, but have unexpectedly launched a move for Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez in a bid to snatch him from under the noses of Manchester rivals, Man City.
Speaking to the media, Mourinho said that both he and Ed Woodward share the same view to do the majority of the business in the summer.
“Our squad was built not to have new players in January. We built a squad with this idea, this philosophy that I share with [executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward and the owners, that normally investment is made in the summer,
“The balance of the squad is made in the summer, unless you have a dramatic situation with a crazy number of injuries and you are pushed for emergency deals. But sometimes it can happen: on the table there’s a fantastic opportunity and you fight for that opportunity.
“If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t.
“But I like my squad, I like my players; the more time I spend with them, the more I like them. And this week [in Dubai] was also good to be sure of that.”
Asked on if the club will make a move in this transfer window, the Portuguese answered:
“It depends. It depends on the moment, on the players, it depends on our needs.
“Normally, next summer, we would try again to improve our squad in the different departments, to try to make every department stronger. That’s the normal situation. If, in the window market, you do something, it stops you doing it again in the summer. So you are not going to buy a goalkeeper and buy another goalkeeper in the summer.
“So let’s say in the summer we have three targets – a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player – if, in the winter, you do one of the three, then in the summer you are going to do three minus one.
“We like our squad, we believe in our squad – it’s just about improving it in a balanced way. So if we do something now, it has to be something we really believe is the right thing to do for the team.”
United missed out on Ivan Perisic in the summer after Jose Mourinho had clearly stated that he wanted to make four signings. They only managed three with the acquisitions on Romelu Lukaku, Nemanja Matic and Victor Lindelof.
If United do land the signing of Alexis Sanchez, it is unknown if he would be a replacement for the missed signing of Perisic from last summer, or whether he then makes next summer’s transfer activity that little bit easier.