He’ll pay for not sign­ing star play­ers, says Mour­inho

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By IAN WIN­ROW

JOSE MOUR­INHO reck­ons David Moyes will pay a heavy price for Manch­ester United’s failings in the sum­mer trans­fer mar­ket.

Chelsea boss Mour­inho in­sists his busi­ness is al­most done, with Wayne Rooney his one re­main­ing tar­get fol­low­ing the cap­ture of An­dre Schur­rle, Marco van Ginkel and Mark Sch­warzer.

And the Por­tuguese is adamant none of his big-name play­ers will exit Stam­ford Bridge be­fore the dead­line.

By con­trast, new United man­ager Moyes has so far failed to bring in any new stars to Old Traf­ford – with a dou­ble bid for Barcelona mid­fielder Cesc Fabre­gas hav­ing come to noth­ing.

The Scot ad­mit­ted the Pre­mier League cham­pi­ons could be forced to wait un­til the end of the win­dow to seal ma­jor deals.


And he faces the prospect of fur­ther dis­rup­tion if Chelsea do man­age to prise Rooney away.

Mour­inho be­lieves that will desta­bilise United’s start to the cam­paign.

He said: “It de­pends on the phi­los­o­phy of each one but, as a man­ager, the sooner you have the play­ers the bet­ter.

“You know the squad you have, you know what you have to work with, you have time to do that.

“But yes, he (Moyes) is right. The mar­ket is open un­til Septem­ber 2 and many clubs are wait­ing to the last mo­ment to make their de­ci­sions – and those de­ci­sions af­fect a num­ber of other clubs.

“The one who sells has to go and buy, then they have to buy to re­place, so no club is safe.

“Un­til the last minute, a club can go there and steal a player... not steal a player, but steal the bal­ance that a man­ager has when he’s work­ing with a team.

“In that as­pect, we are okay be­cause we don’t have play­ers to sell, so none of my play­ers are leav­ing un­der any cir­cum­stances.

“Many teams will be un­der pres­sure un­til the last mo­ment with­out know­ing how the squad is go­ing to be.”

The head-to-head ri­valry be­tween Moyes and Mour­inho is al­ready heat­ing up. But the Chelsea boss re­fused to fan the flames when quizzed whether he has al­ready started try­ing to get un­der the Scot’s skin.

Mour­inho said: “If to say my col­league in United is a great coach, deserves suc­cess, deserves time to work, didn’t win tro­phies at Ever­ton be­cause it’s dif­fi­cult to win tro­phies there... if that is play­ing mind games, what would you say if I speak bad about him?

“The best thing is not to speak, and if I don’t speak no-one says noth­ing.”

Chelsea left-back Ash­ley Cole ad­mits he still owes Mour­inho big time.

The Eng­land man said: “Hav­ing the man­ager back now from 2006 when he bought me, I still feel I owe him some­thing.

“I didn’t re­ally feel I played as well as I could, and as well as I have for Chelsea since, when he bought me.

“On a per­sonal level, I think I owe him a lot.”

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