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Jose Mourinho on a 'fantastic opportunity' in the transfer window

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Despite some stuttering form for his Manchester United side Jose Mourinho does not seem eager to bring in players during the January transfer window.

He told Manchester United’s online news outlet: "Our squad was built not to have new players in January. We built a squad with this idea, this philosophy that I share with [executive vice-chairman] Mr Woodward and the owners, that normally investment is made in the summer". 

In reference to United’s alleged move for Alexis Sanchez, Mourinho had more to say, “on the table there's a fantastic opportunity and you fight for that opportunity… If it happens, it happens; if it doesn't happen, it doesn't. But I like my squad, I like my players; the more time I spend with them, the more I like them. And this week [in Dubai] was also good to be sure of that."

Mourinho’s further comments seemed to imply that any spending in the January window may leave the reds more hesitant in their control of the purse strings come summer…

"Normally, next summer, we would try again to improve our squad in the different departments, to try to make every department stronger. That's the normal situation. If, in the window market, you do something, it stops you doing it again in the summer. So you are not going to buy a goalkeeper and buy another goalkeeper in the summer.”

"So let's say in the summer we have three targets - a defender, a midfielder and an attacking player - if, in the winter, you do one of the three, then in the summer you are going to do three minus one.”

With Manchester City’s lead seemingly insurmountable, the rest of the season may well be about ensuring Champions League football for next season, and for building a team that can challenge for the title in the coming seasons. Mourinho seems confident in his squad though, despite some discontent among fans.

"We like our squad, we believe in our squad - it's just about improving it in a balanced way. So if we do something now, it has to be something we really believe is the right thing to do for the team."

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