Jose Mourinho says Manchester United are 'ready to compete' with or without January signings


Jose Mourinho believes his Manchester United side is ready to compete during the second half of the season, whether reinforcements arrive during the January transfer window or not. 

The United manager has recently said he does expect United to be in the market for new players this month, even though his selection options are currently hampered by injuries to several members of his squad.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Antonio Valencia recently joined long-term absentees Eric Bailly, Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick on the treatment table, while Romelu Lukaku was left out of the win over Everton on New Year’s Day as a precaution following his head injury.

On Monday, when asked whether he felt reinforcements are needed in order to challenge on all fronts for the remainder of the season, Mourinho claimed that while any new signing would be welcomed, his teams “will always compete” no matter how many players he has to call on.

“I always say that I like my guys very, very much. We have a fantastic relationship, we give our best, we try always to do well and when we don’t do well, we stick together and we fight,” the United manager said. “If somebody comes, welcome. If nobody comes, we are going to fight with the players we have. 

Mourinho added: “Today I had not one more player to select. Even Chris Smalling was on the bench but he could only play in an emergency situation, last five minutes, but Chris was not in condition to play. All the players here today were the players that we had. As a group, we did it. 

“If we are not winning, we don’t have the three points but we have the same kind of dedication in the performance, I would not be as happy as I am now but I would be with the same good feeling towards the players that I have now.”

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