John Barnes questions Jose Mourinho about ‘poor’ Man United signings

The former Liverpool captain is critical of Manchester United signings after a poor season in the Premier League

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff
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John Barnes has criticised Jose Mourinho’s signings after Manchester United’s disappointing Premier League campaign.

The Red Devils signed four players in the 2016 summer transfer window following Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor.

The Manchester United boss recruited Eric Bailly from Villarreal, Borussia Dortmund midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Mourinho spent a world-record £89m fee on Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba to bring the France international back to the Premier League.

However, Mkhitaryan and Pogba endured underwhelming seasons as Manchester United drew 15 of their 38 games in the top-flight campaign.

Speaking to Ladbrokes about the performance of Manchester United signings last term, former Liverpool captain Barnes said:

“And no matter which way you want to spin it, Manchester United had a bad season.

“Manchester United finished sixth, 24 points off the top and with the money they spent and they players they’ve got – that’s poor.

“OK, they won the League Cup and they won the Europa League – but it was a poor Europa League in terms of quality compared to previous seasons.”

Manchester United won the EFL Cup thanks to a 3-2 win against Southampton at Wembley.

The Red Devils lifted the Europa League thanks to a 2-0 victory over Ajax in the final in Stockholm.

Winning Europe’s second tier competition booked their place in next term’s Champions League.

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