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Mourinho Opens Up On Transfer Targets, Title Race, Chicharito, Bailly, Barca Clash

Mourinho Opens Up On Transfer Targets, Title Race, Chicharito, Bailly, Barca Clash

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has identified the areas in which he needs to strengthen his squad for the new season.

Mourinho, who led United to a sixth place finish in the Premier League last season but won both the League Cup and the Europa League, has already brought in striker Romelu Lukaku for £75m and defender Victor Lindelof for £31m.

"I want a midfield player and an attacking player through the wings. I never speak about other club's players," he said at a press conference in Washington ahead of Wednesday's pre-season International Champions Cup clash against Barcelona.

"I have balance. I understand the situation and the market. I'm calm – I like my squad. I trust them."

On his legacy and targets for next season, the former Chelsea coach said: "I would like the next manager to find a much, much better club and team than the one I found at every level.

“I think we have better conditions to fight for the Premier League against fantastic teams, against amazing investments.

“I believe in our group, in our spirit, in our empathy, in our happiness to work together. I trust my boys.” 

On Eric Bailly's three-match European ban, Mourinho said: "Punishment not to play the final is enough. To miss the Super Cup and first Champions League game is very harsh."

Mourinho is an admirer of fomer United striker Javier Chicharito Hernandez, who just signed for West Ham
When asked if he would have liked to sign Chicharito, Mourinho said: "I would always welcome a player like that but we moved in another direction with Romelu Lukaku."

Spanish internationals, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, are carrying knocks and Mourinho confirmed they will miss the game against their compatriots.

”Herrera and Mata cannot play tomorrow but they will recover in time to work next Saturday," the former Barcelona assistant added.

"Playing against Barcelona is the best way to finish pre-season for us. It looks to me as if they have everyone available." 

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