"It's not going to happen a dramatic change and the dramatic improvement. But with time, step by step, with some balance, we have to do it. "I think money makes a difference, but I ask you please never misinterpret my words against my club or say my club doesn't support me or my club doesn't want to spend because my club spend. "Two years ago [we] paid a lot of money for Paul [Pogba] and last year paid a lot of money for [Romelu] Lukaku. "I am pretty sure that next year it is going to pay a lot of money for one player, but we are doing these things with some balance because it's the profile of the club. We do it with some balance. "We are not that profile of club where there are no limit and the only thing that matters is to get the best." To illustrate his point, Mourinho singled out City, who lead the Premier League by 15 points, and PSG, favourite to lift the Champions League, as the clubs who, unlike United, can "do what they want."
I hate to say it….but that performance suggests Mourinho is losing the dressing room. Pogba spent the game walking around. Something fundamental is collapsing at #MUFC. A truly terrible game, worst I’ve seen at Old Trafford for a long long time. Much worse than the Burnley game.— Rob Blanchette (@_Rob_B) December 30, 2017
"What PSG did this season with Neymar and [Kylian] Mbappe, they got two of probably the best four attacking players in the world, they get two at the same time. "And then players like [Angel] di Maria, [Julian] Draxler, Lucas [Moura], [Javier] Pastore, they are second choices, so you know, money makes a difference." Mourinho, who revealed he is unlikely to buy in the January transfer window, has spent £286.3m on seven players since arriving at Old Trafford, including a world-record move for Pogba in 2016. But the Portuguese coach hinted he has still not been able to significantly improve the quality of the squad. He said: "For example, we bought a striker in the summer, a very good striker, but that good striker was to replace Zlatan [Ibrahimovic]. "We signed [Victor] Lindelof, but we didn't have [Marcos] Rojo. We had problems, so when we are signing players in the last two years, it's to replace people.
Mourinho’s pattern: if he feels he won’t win, he pulls the ceiling down, alienates his players. Blames malign forces. Moves on. Not a bad strategy, but transparent.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) December 30, 2017
"If next summer we are going to sign a midfield player, it's to replace Michael Carrick and he is a phenomenal player that this season couldn't give us nothing at all. "He is in the end of his career, so if next summer we buy a midfield player, it's not to improve our squad, it's to replace Carrick, so to improve our squad in the midfield we would need to buy two." Mourinho says that despite not having the spending power of City or PSG, United - who boast an annual revenue of £515m, the highest in the world - can still win the title and the Champions League. He insists, however, that the club need to be "patient." He added: "I have the backing of the club and the first backing of the club that I had was a three-year contract, where everyone knows that the job was not easy. "And we all know that we invest a lot so when you invest as much as we did, it wouldn't be very fair for me to say the club didn't support. "There is only one way which is patience and calm. And time.
United are in bad form but this talk over Mourinho's future (mainly from oddballs on Twitter) is ludicrous. Only City's freakish form makes this an underwhelming campaign so far. You can't go sacking managers just because you're not leading the league.— Alex Shaw (@AlexShawESPN) December 30, 2017
"You have to believe in the work and in the time. And don't stop to invest, but some clubs they invest with limits and some clubs invest with a little bit more balance than others that go absolutely strong in the market. "It's hard, so I think my boys, they are doing what they can. We could do better of course. We can always do better, but I am happy with what they try to give me. "I think they are doing good work."
"I'm sure, next year, my club are also going to pay a lot of money for one player." Jose Mourinho discussed #MUFC's transfer plans during today's press conference: https://t.co/3lmc5xBc4M pic.twitter.com/TDWKOfu3NA— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 29, 2017