Mourinho planning defensive shake-up

13th Feb 2018

Many football teams would be pleased with a second place finish in the EPL, but not so Manchester United fans. After their domination of the EPL between 1992 and 2011, in which they won the title a dozen times, The Red Devils have not topped the final EPL table since 2013, and will have to watch rivals City take the top spot this time around.

Jose Mourinho has had enough of playing second fiddle to other EPL sides too it seems, and is planning further improvements to his United side in the summer. The men under pressure and whom should be worrying about their Old Trafford futures it appears are Chris Smalling and Phil Jones.

Both these players have experienced stark criticism in recent weeks, with many pundits claiming that United's excellent defensive record is largely down to the excellent goalkeeping of David De Gea and the protection given the backline by Nemanja Matic, although Matic too has been criticised for his last few United performances.

Mourinho's favoured option at the back is Eric Bailly, but the Ivory Coast international has a poor injury record. Swede Victor Lindelof has been something of a bust, while Marcos Rojo has been hit and miss too. Mourinho may have to move into the transfer market in order to make improvements.

One player on the United bosses' radar could be the Leicester City centre-back Harry Maguire, whom has been truly excellent this term and has broken into the England team. Leicester will want around £50 million for a player they signed for £17 million last summer, although Mourinho is likely to face competition for Maguire from – you've guessed it – Manchester City.