Jose Mourinho’s 11 Manchester United Signings Rated

Jose Mourinho bemoaned not getting the transfer targets he wanted when the window closed last month.

But, since arriving at Manchester United two years ago he spent over £370million strengthening his squad and some of his players have been more miss than hit.

Here’s a look at all of Mourinho’s signings at Old Trafford so far and how they’ve fared.

1. Eric Bailly – Villarreal, £30m – June 8 2016

It’s been an interesting couple of seasons for Mourinho’s first signing. He appeared to have established himself as United’s first choice centre back but having recovered from injury last season he failed to push his way back in to the starting XI on a regular basis.

He’s been sidelined already this season following the defeat and has a job on his hands to get back in to the starting XI. He showed glimpses earlier in the season of being great when Mourinho gave him a chance but he’s so far out of favour he’s now being linked with a January move away from the club.

2. Zlatan Ibrahimovic – Paris Saint-Germain, free – July 2 2016

He came, he won, he left (if we just forget about his return). Ibrahimovic was brilliant in his first season at United not just on the pitch but the boost he gave players off it.

Instrumental in getting Champions League football back at Old Trafford just a shame his knee injury ended his United career early. Wasn’t as effective when he resigned but 28 goals in his debut campaign can’t be sneered at.

3. Henrikh Mkhitaryan – Borussia Dortmund, £27m – July 6 2016

Expectation was high when Mkhitaryan arrived but the midfielder never lived up to the hype. Impressed in the Europa League but failed to make his mark otherwise.

He had appeared to have a turbulent relationship with Mourinho but never performed well enough to warrant being given a long run in the starting XI.

4. Paul Pogba – Juventus, £89m – August 9 2016

The biggest of Mourinho’s signings so expectation was understandably extremely high. At times the France international has shone and proved why he should be put in the bracket as one of the best in the world.

But, consistency has been the issue and performances like his man of the match are not regular enough. However, it’s clear how important he is to United’s side by how much he’s missed when he’s out injured.

5. Victor Lindelof – Benfica, £31m – June 15 2017

Wasn’t given enough of a chance to prove himself in his first season at the club but after impressing at the World Cup has been given an opportunity this season.

He looked vulnerable and shaky last season but appears to have turned a corner in this campaign and is slowly establishing himself as one of Mourinho’s first choice centre backs. Still has a lot to learn and improve but the progress from last season has been huge.

6. Romelu Lukaku – Everton, £75m – July 10 2017

Arguably one of Mourinho’s best signings. He’s been heavily criticised but scored 24 goals in his first season at the club isn’t a bad return.

However, this campaign has been a different story so far for the Belgian. Mourinho rightly dropped him for the game against Everton and he’s not started a game since having picked up an injury after that.

Could just be a bad patch at the moment but taking everything in to context it’s been a solid rather than spectacular start to his United career.

7. Nemanja Matic – Chelsea, £40m – July 31 2017

Cool, calm and composed. The former Chelsea man is a class act and has brought a maturity to United’s midfield.

Fitted straight in to the team and does a solid job for United week in week out. Going through a poor patch at the minute and definitely needs to be dropped but he’s been Mr Consistent for Mourinho since he signed.

8. Alexis Sanchez – Arsenal, swap deal, January 22 2018

Failed to make his mark in the second half of last season and has yet to live up to the form he showed while playing for Arsenal. Shown glimpses of his former self this season and should have started the derby after his performance against Juventus. Needs a run in the team to find his confidence and see if he can find his Arsenal form.

9. Diogo Dalot – Porto, £19m, June 6 2018

Exciting young prospect signed as a long term replacement for Antonio Valencia but has yet to play due to recovery from injury.

Made his first team debut against Young Boys where he looked promising. Injury has prevented Mourinho from involving him further since the defeat to Derby in the Carabao Cup. But still too early to judge. N/A

10. Fred – Shakhtar Donetsk, £52m, June 21 2018

Looked lively on United’s pre-season tour and fitted in well in a midfield three with Andreas Pereira and Pogba against Leicester on his debut but hasn’t done much since.

Showed glimpses of quality but too early to judge properly as Mourinho’s barely given him a chance since the horror show at Brighton earlier in the season.

11. Lee Grant – Stoke, £1.5m, July 3 2018

Hasn’t played for the first team but has been brought in as a back up for David De Gea and Sergio Romero and based on his tour performances he is a handy understudy to have.

Unlikely to get much first team action but a savvy move to sign someone more experienced to allow other younger keepers to go out on loan.

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