Former Manchester United player and Chelsea coach Ray Wilkins has praised the job Jose Mourinho has done in the transfer market. Mourinho’s transfers have come at a big price, and currently those players are not playing up to their price tags. However, Wilkins believes the manager’s work in the market has been exceptional.
Mourinho has spent nearly £300 million since he joined Manchester United. However, the Red Devils boss has come under scrutiny for claiming he needs to spend further to sign top-quality players.
Manchester United are winless in their last three matches in all competitions, and Mourinho has been criticised heavily for the team’s performances. Wilkins has jumped to the manager’s aid, and has stated Mourinho’s spending has been spot on. However, the players are just under performing.
“It’s about time some of the players started stepping up a touch,’”Wilkins told Sky Sports.
“It’s a very special place to play football and some of them aren’t reaching the heights he expects them to be at.
“How wisely has that money been spent? I would say very wisely. Romelu Lukaku is a goal machine in the Premier League, Paul Pogba is one of the best midfielders on the planet when he is at his peak. Nemanja Matic is one of the best holding midfielders and David De Gea is the best goalkeeper in the world.
“They’ve got the quality within that group. It’s about time some of those players started performing.”
During the summer, Mourinho signed Lukaku, Victor Lindelof and Matic for a whopping £147m. The club are being linked with further additions in the January transfer window. It is expected Mourinho will sell Henrikh Mkhitaryan as the player has fallen out of favour with Mourinho.
Manchester United are 12-points behind league leaders Manchester City. However, Pep Guardiola’s side could open up a 15-point gap with a win against Newcastle on Wednesday night.
Manchester United face Southampton on Saturday at Old Trafford.
Has Mourinho’s transfers worked out or has he spent haphazardly in the transfer market?