How have Manchester United crashed out of the Champions League more meekly than a sleepy cat sitting on an old lady’s lap?
Were they too defensive? Was the formation wrong? Should Pogba have started? Is Steven Nzonzi the new Lionel Messi? Has Alexis Sanchez lost it? Is it all Chris Smalling’s fault again?
None of the above, according to Jose Mourinho. It’s because they haven’t spent enough money.
The Mirror says the Red Devils manager will respond to last night’s humbling home defeat by going bananas in the transfer market this summer and buying an entirely new team.
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“Everything, everything has to change,” the Portuguese declared following Sevilla’s 2-1 victory, before claiming he needs more cash to turn things around (the £75m on Lukaku, £40m on Matic, £89m on Pogba, £31m on Lindelof and untold millions on Alexis having not been nearly enough).
But who will he buy?
Maybe Fred, whose expected move to Manchester City appears to have fallen through after Pep Guardiola’s side “cooled their interest” in the 25-year-old Brazilian, which must have been quite upsetting for him.
But never mind , Fred. Mourinho still wants you, and the Times says the Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder “expects” to join United this summer. City, meanwhile, are set to turn their attentions to Borussia Dortmund’s Julian Weigl instead.
Everton target England duo
Everton are likely to spend a lot of money this summer too, just like they did last summer (because that worked out so well) – and one man on the moneybags Merseysiders’ shopping list is Jack Wilshere (Mirror).
The Arsenal midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season, so he wouldn’t actually cost anything. However, Everton are aiming to make the transfer as expensive as possible by giving the formerly injury-prone Englishman a “better deal” that the one he has been offered at the Emirates.
Juventus are also allegedly keen on Wilshere, which sounds like it would be a lot more fun.
Everton’s interest in injury-prone Englishmen doesn’t stop there, because the Times says they also want to sign Phil Jones from Man Utd.
Or more specifically, “Sam Allardyce wants to sign” the 26-year-old centre-back “if he still manager at Goodison Park next season”. Which is a rather big if.
But even if the Toffees don’t get Jones, Allardyce could take over another relegation-threatened club next season and sign him for them instead.
Meanwhile, Liverpool are at “the front of the queue” to sign the in-demand RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, says the Independent. Maybe if the Reds negotiate the kind of deal they reached with Leipzig over Werner’s team-mate Naby Keita, he could come to Anfield in about 2022.
Elsewhere, Tottenham’s in-form forward Son Heung-Min could be forced to do two years of military service in his homeland South Korea between 2019 and 2021 (Sun), West Ham will appoint a director of football in the summer to replace David Sullivan in an attempt to appease angry Hammers fans (Standard) and West Brom could save themselves £1m by keeping hold of hapless manager Alan Pardew until the end of the season (Mirror). They should use that to do a remake of the film Indecent Proposal.