Paul Merson issues warning to Jose Mourinho about Man United signings

The former Arsenal midfielder wants Jose Mourinho that Manchester United need serious investment this summer

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Paul Merson has warned Jose Mourinho that Manchester United will need to spend heavily in the summer to close the gap on Chelsea.

The Red Devils are in fifth place in the Premier League table and 18 points behind current leaders Chelsea following a mixed first season under Mourinho.

The Portuguese coach was appointed as Louis van Gaal’s successor back in May before Mourinho signed four players in the summer transfer window.

However the additions of Eric Bailly, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Paul Pogba failed to transform Manchester United into title contenders.

Manchester United won the EFL Cup in February thanks to 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley to secure Mourinho’s first piece of silverware as Red Devils boss.

However, former Arsenal midfielder Merson believes Manchester United will need serious investment this summer to bridge the gap between themselves and Chelsea.

“If you look at how far away United are from being title contenders, there’s a big gap,” Merson told the Daily Star.

“They need to spend millions to catch up. They’re giving Jesse Lingard a new deal worth £100,000 a week. But will he win you the league? I don’t think so. They will struggle to get the players they need if they don’t qualify for the Champions League – but I think they might do it by winning the Europa. Then it’s just about how much they are willing to spend.”

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Manchester United will host leaders Chelsea in the Premier League at Old Trafford on Sunday afternoon.

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