Manchester United, under Jose Mourinho, witnessed a major upsurge in terms of Premier League tally where they finished runners-up behind Manchester City but jumped up four places compared to their sixth-placed league finish last season.
Yet the Red Devils failed to compete with their ‘noisy neighbours’ in the title battle as they were 19 points short of the Citizens who achieved a historic 100-point mark as a reflection of their sheer dominance. Mourinho, meanwhile, is set to break the bank once more as soon as the transfer window opens in summer and reportedly plotting swoop for Chelsea’s Willian along with Tottenham Hotspur centre-back Toby Alderweireld to strengthen further.
Willian, the 29-year-old Brazilian wingman, was a transfer target last summer as the Portuguese tactician was keen on a reunion with his star performer from Chelsea days similar to Nemanja Matic whom he managed to tie down at Old Trafford last summer. Although Mourinho has suggested his unwillingness to add more value in the attacking third following Alexis Sanchez’s winter arrival, the likely departure of Anthony Martial is believed to renew their interest in the experienced Brazilian who is performing with distinction for years now in Premier League circuit.
The Red Devils, as per reports, are also monitoring the situation of Spurs contract-rebel Toby Alderweireld who had an injury-riddled campaign which resulted in limited game-time in their deep defence. The Belgian will be a free agent next summer and has rejected several contract extension offers as the North Londoners failed to match his wage demands. United, on the other hand, are in desperate search of defensive reinforcements following some below-par performances from Eric Bailly, Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof. Phil Jones has been injury prone whereas Chris Smalling struggled to exhibit consistency in the heart of the defensive line. Alderweireld has an experience of quite the highest order in English football and his presence at the back will certainly ease the pressure off custodian David De Gea who is shielding the United goal with enormous efficiency.