The United contingent in the Transfer Tavern were delighted to see their side return to winning ways on Tuesday with a comfortable 2 nil victory over Swansea at the Liberty Stadium.
Jesse Lingard deservedly stole the headlines for Manchester United after his brace either side of half-time ensured the current holders of a place in the quarter-finals of the competition.
After 20 minutes at the Liberty, Marcus Rashford tickled a delightful flick through the legs of Mike van der Hoorn to set Lingard through on goal, who made no mistake in slotting the ball into the bottom-right corner. And he ensured United would return to Manchester just 3 games from Wembley, with a brilliant header from just inside the 18-yard line after a pin-point cross from Matteo Darmian.
Mourinho presented a number of fringe players with an opportunity to stake a claim for a place on his team sheet when they face Tottenham at Old Trafford this Saturday, and Lingard’s performance will certainly be giving his manager plenty to think about ahead of the weekend.
The United manager should also be casting his attention to the January transfer window, having had adequate time to assess the strengths and weaknesses of his squad so far this season.
Although the Red Devils have started the season in brilliant form barring an anomalous result away at Huddersfield last weekend, the United contingent on the bar insist there is plenty of scope for improvement to the current squad.
Considering the contracts of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind all set to expire in the summer of 2018, United should be stepping up their pursuit of some of Europe’s top talents.
With that said, Mourinho and Woodward should be targeting these three players in the January transfer window.