Manchester United’s first pre-season game of the new season is finally upon us. Jose Mourinho will lead his Red Devils into battle against the LA Galaxy at the StubHub Center this evening, as the work done in training will finally be put into practice.
Ahead of the match, manager Mourinho met the media to discuss a whole variety of topics. Amongst discussion was conducting transfer business. Obviously, we’ve already added both Victor Lindelof and Romelu Lukaku to the mix – but the manager doesn’t want to stop there.
He has hinted that although Edward Woodward’s job is difficult, the club is working on getting two more signings through the door, although we may only end up with one.
“We don’t have our door closed,” he said, as per United’s official website. “Everything is so difficult. I would not like to be in Ed Woodward’s position of negotiation because everything is really difficult.”
“Maybe we don’t get two more, maybe we get one. The squad needs that balance. I don’t want to say any names, because I don’t think it is correct.”
“Every club in the Premier League has quality, money to buy and money to refuse to sell. People do not focus on the power to keep. I think the market is so strange. Very good players, there are not many to buy. The prices are out of context. The clubs with the power not to sell refuse to sell.
“Many clubs in the Premier League simply refuse to sell their best players and that is fantastic, it makes the competition so hard. Everyone is an opponent, every match is difficult with a risk of losing. That is why the Premier League is the Premier League.”
We’ve had some well-documented interest in both Ivan Perisic and Nemanja Matic, both of whom would significantly strengthen our starting line-up at this point in time.
However, in an ideal world, both would have already been signed as pre-season is well underway. Giving them that time to get used to life at Manchester United is essential, and with each passing day, we’re losing time in that sense.
With the money that is thrown around in modern day football, it is always going to be tough to finalise deals in quick fashion. That’s just the nature of the beast I guess.
Anyway, at least we have football to look forward to once again, and it starts tonight.