"Manchester City buy the full-backs for the price of the strikers”, ESPN quotes Mourinho as saying.
Well, the Portuguese may have stumbled on a top-class full-back for free in the shape of loan star Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who shone during the first half of Crystal Palace’s clash with City on Sunday.
The 19-year-old Dutchman relished the challenge of keeping Leroy Sane quiet at Selhurst Park, matching the German for speed and strength and making several confident and crucial defensive contributions.
According to the Daily Mail, Palace are considering terminating Fosu-Mensah’s contract in January as they want to free up another loan space, and United fans on Twitter would be happy to have him back.
One thing Mourinho needs to do in January is recall Fosu Mensah....so obvious he's what we need, miles better than Darmian— @ManUtd_HQ (@ManUtd_HQ) December 31, 2017
Can you please bring back Timothy Fosu-Mensah to Manutd tomorrow— Manchester is Red (@rhydoremmy23) December 31, 2017
Get Fosu-Mensah back at utd playing brilliantly!— Catherine Hearn (@2940865deb6e4dd) December 31, 2017
We surely have to get Fosu-Mensah back in January!— TW@ (@TonyW_132) December 31, 2017
Surely gotta take Fosu Mensah back in Jan, kept Sane in his pocket— Dom (@DBan_) December 31, 2017
Fosu-Mensah has started 10 Premier League games for Palace this season, but Eagles manager Roy Hodgson has Joel Ward and Martin Kelly who can operate at full-back if he were to go back to United.
Mourinho’s first-choice right-back Antonio Valencia is currently nursing an injury which has forced him to switch Ashley Young flanks to cover, and rotate several unfancied options in his place on the left.
Fosu-Mensah has made 21 senior appearances for the Red Devils and is versatile across several positions, but his display against Sane today suggested that he has a bright future at full-back at Old Trafford.