United lum­bered with play­ers who will never make the grade: Mour­inho

The Manica Post - - Foreign News/Sport -

JOSE MOUR­INHO ad­mits Manch­ester United are lum­bered with play­ers he knows will never be up to the stan­dards needed at Old Traf­ford.

Mour­inho will make changes this sum­mer as he at­tempts to close the gap be­tween United and cham­pi­ons Manch­ester City.

How­ever, he ac­cepts that United can­not off­load all the play­ers he be­lieves are not up to scratch. Mour­inho did not iden­tify them, but he has pub­licly ques­tioned the likes of An­thony Mar­tial and Luke Shaw in the past. He ad­mit­ted that most Pre­mier League teams can­not have the ‘per­fect squad’, with the ex­cep­tion be­ing a club that can sign a new goal­keeper and cen­tral de­fender and then re­place them. That ap­peared to be a veiled ref­er­ence to City buy­ing Eder­son Mo­raes and Aymeric La­porte on the back of sign­ing Clau­dio Bravo and John Stones.

Asked if he needs more qual­ity or a bet­ter mind­set in his squad, Mour­inho replied: ‘Both. How many points sep­a­rate us from Manch­ester City? Not two, three or four.

‘‘A lot of points. I think we need both things that you men­tioned. Some of the peo­ple we have, they have to be more con­sis­tent in their per­for­mance and we need more qual­ity.

‘I trust some more than oth­ers that can bridge that gap. I worked with the play­ers for a cou­ple of years. I know them bet­ter than any­one.

‘Of course, some of the play­ers I am to­tally con­vinced are go­ing to make it. Some oth­ers, I have good hopes that they are go­ing to make it. And some oth­ers, I don’t be­lieve they are go­ing to make it.

‘Un­less there is a per­fect squad where you buy one goal­keeper, you don’t like and you buy an­other one. You buy a cen­tral de­fender, you don’t like, and you buy an­other one. Un­less you can do that, and you go in the di­rec­tion of the per­fect squad, you have to keep play­ers you don’t love and play­ers you don’t to­tally be­lieve have the level of the squad.

‘If you go to the Pre­mier League man­agers - I don’t say ev­ery one, but I say the ma­jor­ity of them - they will tell you the same. In my squad, I have some play­ers where I would like to have bet­ter than what I have. That’s ba­sic.’

Mour­inho ac­cepted that United’s record of beat­ing all of the other Big Six clubs but los­ing to the three pro­moted teams — New­cas­tle, Brighton and Hud­der­s­field — as well as rel­e­gated West Brom this sea­son is proof of a deeper ly­ing prob­lem that needs cor­rect­ing.

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