Manchester United ready to chase Mourinho and Neymar
Despite enduring their worst two years in the history of Premier League era and with further uncertainty over Louis van Gaal’s future, United are still capable of filling the Old Trafford coffers with names like Mourinho and Neymar.
And they are ready to summon Jose Mourinho – who is lined up to replace Van Gaal as manager predictably – a huge transfer pot to re-establish the club as a prevalent force in Europe again with the sort of players like Neymar, Gareth Bale and Ross Barkley all being on their radar.
United have spent over £300m in the last three years since Sir Alex Ferguson had retired after guiding the club to 20th League title but somehow are still in danger of failing to qualify again for the Champions League for the second time in three years now while their fans have labelled their performances boring, something they are hoping Mourinho and Neymar can help with.
Executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward is absolutely determined to stop the rot and promised fervently to give the team the real X-factor next season.
As he predicted revenues of £500m-£510m for a full financial year despite season ticket prices being in the threat of getting frozen again, Woodward praised the way Leicester have expertly built a title-challenging team on a relatively smaller budget but insisted United would spend big time because they need “world class players.”
There was a coded warning given to Mourinho however about the need to sustain United’s tradition of bringing young players surging through their youth system into the first class of team, perhaps consisting of Mourinho and Neymar.
Mouriho was criticised for ignoring the youngsters at Chelsea but Woodward remarked: “The Academy continues to be at the heart of the club. Giving youth a chance is part of our philosophy, part of our DNA.”
United have thoroughly conducted “a root and branch” review of their integrated Acadmey system and will announce key changes very shortly, with Class of ’92 legend Nicky Butt anticipated to be an instrumental figure in the shake-up.