Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed he will be in the market for a new central midfielder in the summer, with the likelihood that two players from the engine room could be leaving at the end of the season.
With Michael Carrick retiring from playing in the summer, coupled with ongoing uncertainty of the future of Marouane Fellaini, United could be short in midfield ahead of the 2018/19 season. As a result, Mourinho admits he will likely be in the market for a replacement.
He said, reports the Independent: “I think in attack it’s difficult for us to improve. In midfield, Michael Carrick will not be No. 16, he will have ‘MC’ on his shirt next season, so we lose a player.
“It’s there in midfield, we need to get a player to compensate the situation of Michael. If Marouane leaves, yes we have two gaps there, so let’s see what happens.”
Fellaini is out of contract at the end of the current campaign, and has turned down a new deal from the club. With just months remaining, there’s a chance the Belgian international could exit Old Trafford, leaving United short of options.
The 30-year-old has also recently been ruled out for two months with a knee injury, so United have already lost one player. And with Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera getting criticism for some of their performances, there’s a problem in midfield that needs correcting.
United are sure to be linked with many names over the summer as a result of Mourinho’s admission, with Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal, Monaco’s Fabinho and Shakhtar Donetsk’s Brazilian midfielder Fred already mentioned.