It will be intriguing to see the approach Manchester United take in the January transfer window as they seek to rescue a so far disappointing campaign.
Jose Mourinho is likely to again demand the backing of his employers despite failing to get results with a squad of which he has overseen ten signings.
With only a Europa League title and the League Cup to show for it, United have paid for more than £415 million worth of new additions since the Portuguese was appointed in May 2016.
The reality is it would be generous to classify any of the purchases Mourinho has made at Old Trafford as successful.
But to what extent will his track record deter the Red Devils’ hierarchy from opening their chequebook in the upcoming window?
Well, let’s see how Mourinho has fared in terms of January recruitment throughout his career…
Marco Ferreira | £1m
A rapid winger who provided an important counter-attacking outlet for Mourinho in the 2003-04 season.
Sergio Conceicao | Free
Now the current manager of Porto, Conceicao returned to his homeland after six years in Italy on a free transfer to win his third league title with the Portuguese tactician.
Maciel | £1.5m
Diminutive forward Maciel was a major contributor to the success Mourinho enjoyed at Porto, scoring three goals in 18 appearances while he was in charge.
Carlos Alberto | £2m
The Brazilian managed only two goals in 22 appearances and his better work came after going back to his homeland the following season.
Jiri Jarosik | £11m
A tall and dominating midfielder, Jarosik saw just 434 minutes of Premier League action during the 2004-05 campaign despite his hefty price tag for the time.
Slobodan Rajkovic | £4.5m
Signed as a 16-year-old in November 2005, Rajkovic spent four years at Stamford Bridge between 2007 and 2011 without making a single competitive appearance due to work permit issues.
Maniche | £270k loan fee
Maniche featured only 11 times for Chelsea after joining on-loan from Dynamo Moscow for the 2005-06 season.
McDonald Mariga | £9m
Mourinho’s one winter signing at the San Siro was an expensive one - £9 million for a player who made only eight Serie A appearances in their one year working together.
Emmanuel Adebayor | £3.6m loan fee
Adebayor joined Madrid on a six-month loan from Manchester City after falling out of favour with Roberto Mancini. He copped his fair share of criticism in the second half of the 2010-11 season, managing eight goals in all competitions.
Diego Lopez | £3m
Re-signed to provide cover for an injured Iker Casillas, Lopez represents one of the best January deals Mourinho has completed in terms of value for money. The Spanish goalkeeper made 62 appearances in all competitions before leaving the Santiago Bernabeu after two years.
Nemanja Matic | £22.5m
Mourinho identified Matic as him a key target soon after returning to London and would make him a crucial member of the Blues’ squad over the course of his second spell.
Mohamed Salah | £15m
Chelsea fans must now wonder what could’ve been following the completion of Salah’s long-awaited transfer, but he would go on to earn a mere 19 outings in 18 months.
Kurt Zouma | £13m
Currently on-loan at Everton, Zouma was considered an astute signing in January 2014 but would only be given his shot at regular senior football once Guus Hiddink replaced Mourinho in December 2015.
Juan Cuadrado | £28m
A rather senseless signing who remained at the club for two-and-a-half years, Juventus’ Cuadrado was still owned by Chelsea until May last year despite featuring in just 15 matches for them between two loan spells with his current employers.
Alexis Sanchez | £30m
Arguably the worst of the lot, Sanchez has struck four goals in 29 appearances for United while sucking up an astronomical wage reported to be between £300,000 to £500,000 per week.
So, it’s clear Mourinho has been more than a bit hot and cold when venturing into the January transfer market.
The next two months will tell us whether United are willing to let the 55-year-old gamble on a fresh face or two.News Now - Sport News