Jose Mourinho confirms his Man United transfer plans for January

Jose Mourinho discusses the possibility of Man United making any signings in the January transfer window

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Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has hinted that Manchester United will only look to sign players this month if they offer his team exceptional quality.

The Red Devils have inevitably been linked with a host of players this month as Mourinho considers bolstering his squad in the mid-season transfer window.

Mourinho has regularly spoken about his preference to do the majority of Manchester United’s transfer business in the summer months, when the season is over.

However, that has not prevented his club from being linked with a host of players, with Arsenal star Alexis Sanchez the latest big name to be linked with a move to Old Trafford.

Mourinho has insisted that he is still open to making signings this month, but reiterated that it is his preference to bolster his squad in the summer rather than in the winter.

Speaking to Manchester United’s website, Mourinho said: “Our squad was built not to have new players in January.

“We built a squad with this idea, this philosophy that I share with [executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward and the owners, that normally investment is made in the summer.

“The balance of the squad is made in the summer, unless you have a dramatic situation with a crazy number of injuries and you are pushed for emergency deals. But sometimes it can happen: on the table there’s a fantastic opportunity and you fight for that opportunity.

“If it happens, it happens; if it doesn’t happen, it doesn’t. But I like my squad, I like my players; the more time I spend with them, the more I like them. And this week [in Dubai] was also good to be sure of that.”

Mourinho is currently preparing his Manchester United team for their home Premier League clash against Stoke City at Old Trafford on Monday night.

The Red Devils are aiming to keep as close to Manchester City at the top of the table as possible but it seems that a top-four finish is looking like the more realistic target for this season.

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