Jose Mourinho looking for two more Manchester United signings but confident situation is in hand

So far United have brought in Victor Lindelof from Benfica and Romelu Lukaku from Everton

Simon Peach
Tuesday 25 July 2017 18:31 BST
Jose Mourinho is looking to add the finishing touches to his United side
Jose Mourinho is looking to add the finishing touches to his United side (Getty)

Manchester United are still two signings short this summer, but Jose Mourinho is confident executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has the situation under control.

After making four acquisitions in his first summer at the Old Trafford helm, the plan was to make a further four top-quality additions ahead of the 2017-18 season.

So far defender Victor Lindelof has arrived from Benfica, with Everton striker Romelu Lukaku snared in a deal worth an initial £75m.

However, progress on the final two signings has been slow with Mourinho even saying in recent days that one acquisition would now be enough.

Woodward joined up with United's American pre-season tour having stayed back to work on deals that the United manager is confident the executive vice-chairman has a grip on.

"I don't know," he said when asked if any progress had been made on transfers.

"Honestly, I don't know. Ed is in control. He did Lindelof and Lukaku, he knows that I would like two more players, but he also knows that I have balance.

"I understand the situation, I understand the market and if my club is not able to do two players and do just one, I will accept that as a consequence of the market now.

"Our relation is good and I just wait for good news - and he knows that for me good news is to have the players, or in this case maybe just the player as soon as possible because to work together with the team is really, really important.

"But I'm calm. I like my players, I like my squad, I trust them, so I'm calm and that's important."

Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic has been targeted this summer, while there is interest in Chelsea defensive midfielder Nemanja Matic and Tottenham's Eric Dier.

Manchester United hope to complete a deal for Ivan Perisic by the end of the month (Getty)

"I'm happy with my squad, but I would like to have two more players - I never hide that," Mourinho said ahead of the International Champions Cup match against Barcelona in Washington.

"One player would be a midfield player that gives me more options, more balance to the team, our needs.

"Another one, an attacking player, especially that can play through the wings to give me also more attacking options.

Jose Mourinho puts Jesse Lingard in a headlock during interveiw

"But I never speak about players that belong to other teams. I don't like if any manager comes now and says that he would say he would like one of my players. That's not ethical, that's not correct."

Mourinho has, though, in recent months admitted there are certain players that he would have kept at United. The Portuguese says he would never have sold Angel Di Maria, Danny Welbeck or Javier Hernandez, saying the latter was the kind of "killer" striker United would have loved last season.

Two years after Louis van Gaal allowed the Mexico international to leave Old Trafford for Bayer Leverkusen, he is back in the Premier League and could be lining up against United for West Ham on the opening day.


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