Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has revealed he is looking to sign players with ‘psychological’ edge ahead of the summer transfer window.
The Red Devils boss has had an impressive coaching career, wining multiple trophies with Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid before his move to the Old Trafford last summer. Mourinho led United to win the League cup this season and are also still in contention to lift the Europa League.
Mourinho has been linked with a move for a number of targets this season, and he has now come out to reveal the type of players he is after.
‘From a psychological point of view, the stronger the empathy is in our squad, the more consistent the relationship is between the players, and the more ready you are,’ he said.
‘The “mind game” which involves trying to manipulate someone psychologically via the media, is a way of creating a state of mind, but one that is most effective when you have a team full of personalities and one that is ready to absorb this sort of talk.
‘At Inter, I was like a fish in water in this domain. I had [Marco] Materazzi, [Ivan] Cordoba, [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic, [Diego] Milito, Thiago Motta… guys who were willing to follow me everywhere.
‘The priority is to establish relationships founded on peace and love in the squad, to create stability. Manchester United no longer has the super personalities of [Ryan] Giggs, [Paul] Scholes or Roy Keane.
‘There is still [Wayne] Rooney and [Michael] Carrick, who are the final faces of that generation, and a new group of players must adapt. That is why it was important for me to bring in Zlatan.
‘In this team, he had, without being English, without knowing the culture of the club, the personality and the fit to be more than just a simple player.’