United fans in the Transfer Tavern will be excited to hear their club’s “encouraged” they’ll sign Willian due to Chelsea’s restricted budget, according to the Manchester Evening News.
To everyone apart from the man himself, this seems to be a bad idea considering how like-minded forwards have fared under Jose Mourinho last season. The two-time Champions League winner hasn’t always been synonymous with snooze-fest football, but recently we’ve seen Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford tamed by a streak of negativity.
Willian (who is valued at £28.2m by Transfermarkt) is said to be open to a reunion with his former manager, but he should seek assurances that the football will be a little less… well, boring next season.
The £52m signing of Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk has eluded to United switching for 4-3-3 when the new campaign kicks off so at least Mourinho is trying to change. United fans hold the highest standards in the country. They must win and win by playing fast-flowing football down the wings and into the box – the Matt Busby way.
Willian fits this mould perfectly, but so did Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford who were called out publically by Mourinho for their lack last season.
So what will determine if this move is right for one of the most exciting, direct forwards in the league is whether Mourinho will create the environment for freedom in the final third.
If United’s inevitable summer spending brings in the players, Like Fred, to give Mourinho the confidence to free Pogba and the team’s wide men from their defensive shackles this could be a great move.
Do you think Mourinho will give Willian the freedom he needs?