Jose Mourinho explains why Manchester United won't buy another striker in the summer

Jose Mourinho has already seen enough from Alexis Sanchez to know he won’t need to buy another attacker this summer.

With Sanchez capping his man-of-the-match display with a first United goal, Mourinho believes he is now complete when it comes to forwards.

So no transfer sagas this summer involving Gareth Bale , ­Antoine Griezmann or Cristiano Ronaldo, if Mourinho is to be believed.

With Sanchez complementing an already formidable attack that ­comprises Romelu Lukaku, Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial, Jesse ­Lingard and Juan Mata – not to ­mention Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who is coming back from injury – Mourinho is spoilt for choice.

Having managed to nab Sanchez from under the noses of local rivals Manchester City last month, defence and midfield are the areas Mourinho will address this summer, although the United boss did warn his forwards that there is still significant room for improvement.

“We have Alexis, Lukaku, Martial, Rashford,” said Mourinho. “Rashford can play on the left and the right, Alexis is exactly the same.

"All of them apart from Lukaku can play from ­behind as the second striker.


“That’s why I say that it’s bad for you (the Press) because you like to have things to write about, especially in the summer.

"But I don’t want attacking players, so don’t speak about attacking players who are coming here because nobody is coming here.”

United had to be content with just two goals – an opener from Romelu Lukaku, his 20th of the season, and a second from former Arsenal star Sanchez, who converted the rebound after his penalty was saved.

Sanchez gives United an extra ­dimension in attack and, on this evidence, it was easy to see why the Reds were happy to break the bank and pay him in the region of £500,000 a week.

Paul Pogba started on the bench, Mourinho sending the midfielder a warning that he is not undroppable following his dismal performance in a 2-0 defeat at Tottenham in ­midweek.

Asked how Pogba reacted to being dropped, Mourinho said: “He reacted the way you saw it – he came on to the pitch with a great desire to play.”


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