Jose Mourinho has urged Manchester United’s transfer chiefs to splash the cash if they want to be classed as a Champions League contender.
United were beaten 1-0 by Juventus at Old Trafford on Tuesday night thanks to Paulo Dybala’s first-half goal. Mourinho admitted afterwards there was a gap in quality between the teams and pointed to Juventus’ transfer policy as one of the reasons after the Italian champions added Cristiano Ronaldo and Leonardo Bonucci to a squad that was already dominating Serie A.
It comes after a summer during which Mourinho spent £68 million to sign three players but was unable to bring in another centre-back.
Mourinho conceded his team was “a bit” behind the level of Juventus and the elite.
“To go to the Juventus level? Barcelona level? Real Madrid level? How can you reach that level? Manchester City level? How can you reach this level?” he pondered.
“Juventus is champions for seven years, I think seven years in a row,” Mourinho told a news conference. “Two Champions League finals in the last four or five years and not happy with what they have.
“They want more, they want more. They had [Gonzalo] Higuain, [Mario] Mandzukic, [Paulo] Dybala, they want more. They want Ronaldo. They had [Andrea] Barzagli, [Giorgio] Chiellini, [Danieli] Rugani, they are not happy, they want more. They want Bonucci and they go for the best players in the world.
“So a big, big club with a big past, but with also a big desire to have a big future and everything they put there to try to win, I don’t say the Champions League, I think to win the treble. That’s what they want because normally they win at home.”
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