Jose Mourinho was pretty cranky about entering his third season at Manchester United with the squad he was handed, and has time and again thrown barbs at the leadership at the club about that.
“Juventus have a different level of quality and stability and experience and knowhow and at the base of the team, they have Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.
“That’s the base that allows them to play with the freedom that they play in attack.
”With Cristiano Ronaldo, with Paulo Dybala, with people creating. Lose the ball? No problem, we are here.”
United made three signings over the summer, Brazilian midfielder Fred, central defender Diogo Dalot and veteran goalkeeper Lee Grant, for a sum of £70m which was easily surpassed by what Everton spent for Richarlison, Yerry Mina and Lucas Digne, with Andre Gomes and Kurt Zouma coming in on loan and Bernard on a free transfer.
In an interview reported on by the Daily Star, Mourinho went to compare Everton’s spending as more commensurate to what he expected from the Red Devils.
“Incredible investment. We knew the club would move in that direction, very good players, players from Barcelona.
“So that is the level which Everton wants to reach. Their ambitions are very similar to our ambitions.”
Always hard to tell with ‘The Special One’ when he’s playing mindgames because virtually everything he ever says bears a double meaning, certainly increases the pressure on Everton though going to Old Trafford on Sunday looking to catch a Red Devils side offguard that has one win in the last six games.