The issues at Manchester United may not have felt so urgent if they had managed to win the FA Cup final at Wembley on Saturday but defeat brings the flaws at the club into sharper focus.
Silverware tends to lead to patience – fans can’t really bask in the glow of a second placed finish or tell their grandkids about the day a 0-0 draw at West Ham clinched the runners-up spot – but in its absence, the calls for increased freshness, speed and ambition among the Old Trafford ranks will doubtless grow in the coming weeks.
One way to reenergise the squad is to dip into the transfer market but the previous five years ought to have shown United that buying new blood is not a failsafe solution.
Another method Mourinho could – but seldom does – use to reinvigorate his squad is dipping into the youth ranks and with impressive youngsters such as RoShaun Williams, Mason Greenwood, Callum Gribbin, Tatith Chong and Angel Gomes on the books, it appears United fans want to see young blood involved in the forthcoming summer tour…
I know that Mason and Tahith are going.
— Kai (@MagicaIAIexis) May 21, 2018
A shame none of them is over 29 #MUFC
— John A. (@United4Lifetime) May 21, 2018
It would take several first teamers to get injured for that to happen.
— Chris (@CuffJMan) May 21, 2018
And filling squad spaces filled by Rojo, Blind, Darmian
— David Shankland (@shankers73) May 21, 2018
Greenwood and chong and gomez should be going
— Wayne TTC (@TtcWayne) May 21, 2018
Chong and Greenwood for sure!
— Jamie (@Baysey_5) May 21, 2018