Stories of unrest at a lack of activity were quick to emerge as the clock ticked to Sunday’s departure for the US. Then, as revealed by Sportsmail, Romelu Lukaku lands with a £75m bang.
Here, Mike Keegan looks at the Old Trafford window so far, what we can expect and whether Mourinho (and United fans) need to panic.
Back in March, Jose Mourinho presented Ed Woodward with a list of 12 players – three for each of the four positions he had identified as areas which needed strengthening. Those areas were full-back, centre-back, central midfield, and winger.
Sources close to the situation say that the list was then extended to a centre forward following the April injury to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who was expecting to sign a 12-month contract extension before injury struck. Many of the targets are known.
Following the signing of Lindelof and the imminent arrival Lukaku, striker and centre-half can be erased from the Carrington white boards, along with that of no-longer-a-target Alvaro Morata.
Ivan Perisic out wide is ongoing and in midfield, Tottenham’s Eric Dier, Roma’s, Radja Nainggolan or Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic were favoured, along with Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl. Antoine Griezmann and Cristiano Ronaldo were also listed. The Executive Vice Chairman still has work to
Chelsea’s Nemanja Matic remains a favoured target, having previously worked with Mourinho
How much cash have they got?
In a word, lots. United remain on course for a record-breaking financial year in which revenues are expected to hit £560-570m.
The purse strings are loosened and a £200m outlay, double what they’ve spent so far, would not be out of the club’s reach.
However, there is not a bottomless pit of cash buried beneath the Stretford End. While the desire to provide the manager with everything he needs is clearly there, it will not have gone unnoticed that £160m came out of the coffers trying to do just that last summer.
How have they got on so far?
United depart for their US tour on July 9 and Lukaku is set to kick back in business class along with Lindelof and the rest of the squad.
Word is that the deal for the Sweden central defender was actually agreed back in January, when United came close to taking him in that window instead of this one.
Lukaku has also been simmering for a while. Before agreeing a fee for the big Belgian, to say the manager was underwhelmed would be an understatement akin to pointing out that there was a certain unease among the keyboard warriors on social media. That has changed but Mourinho will be anxious for more new arrivals.
How does this compare with previous years?
Three years ago Ander Herrera and Luke Shaw (although he may have wished he didn’t given the greeting he got from Louis van Gaal) were onboard the flight to the US. However, there was still time to bring in Radamel Falcao, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Angel Di Maria before the serious business of the Premier League season kicked off.
Memphis Depay was 2015’s Victor Lindelof and, in a whirlwind 48 hours before they again departed for the States, Matteo Darmian, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin all put pen to paper before Anthony Martial became the customary late arrival.
Last year, Eric Bailly played the role of the early acquisition, followed by Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic in the first week of July. Word record signing Paul Pogba was the last man when he returned in August. There appears to be a method and there may well be additions before or during the trip.