He believes the club can still mount a credible title challenge
Jose Mourinho prioritized bolstering his defensive options during the summer as he was not happy with the defensive setup last season, despite being the second best defensive team in the Premier League and keeping the most clean sheets.
The manager was keen to sign a new centre-back during the transfer window. Manchester United were heavily linked with a move for players like Toby Alderweireld, Harry Maguire, Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Yerry Mina.
But the Red Devils failed to sign anyone before the transfer deadline, with teenage right-back Diogo Dalot being the only defensive signing. They have struggled defensively so far this season, conceding 7 goals and keeping only 1 clean sheet.
The Portuguese is still keen to bolster club’s back-line in the near future and there have been reports that he will be backed during the January transfer window.
United legend Gary Neville believes the club can still mount a credible title challenge if they strengthen the squad during the January transfer window and has urged the club to make two signings.
“[I’m] still hopeful that somehow, through siege mentality more than anything, they can mount some sort of challenge that really just disrupts people,” Neville told The Times as quoted by Manchester Evening News. “If they can stay in it until January and maybe get one or two defenders in, they may have a chance, but I doubt it. I think United will be third or fourth.
“Believe it or not I liked the Tottenham game, certainly the first 40 minutes. I watched Burnley and thought it was really good. I am hopeful they have turned a corner.”
The Premier League giants will next face Watford on Sunday, who have won all the fixtures so far this season.