Mourinho: We will only buy players if we sell some first

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has made it clear that the Red Devils will have to sell off a couple of players if he is to consider bringing in fresh faces in January. 

United have struggled this season as they sit in sixth place on the Premier League standings, and with a number of players failing to make an impact, there has been speculation that Mourinho will be looking to add reinforcements. 

It is understood that United are interested in Benfica's Victor Lindelof, Atletico Madrid's Jose Gimenez and Southampton's Jose Fonte.

But, before they pull the trigger on any new players, they will have to get rid of a few members of the squad. As of now, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin are the most likely candidates to leave Old Trafford as United recently held talks with Everton about them. 

Furthermore, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger’s future, but nothing concrete has been decided. 

“No, I'm quiet and calm. I can see what happens,” Mourinho said when asked about the January transfer window. "As I was saying, I would like to keep my squad the same but as I told [you] and I repeat: As a manager I never feel I have the right to stop people trying to be happier, to try to give a different direction to their careers.

"So if the conditions are right for the club and that moment arrives during the month of January then we will have to react, so let's see what happens.

"But if you ask me in this moment whether I'm waiting for somebody to be here on Jan. 1 or are we chasing some player because on Jan. 1 we want to have here a new player, not at all. I like my squad, I trust my squad."

Shifting his focus to the game against West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, Mourinho is hoping that his side can pick up three crucial points in order to boost their chances of being in the top four by the start of 2017. 

"We didn't arrive at half of the race," he said. "That's [the halfway point] only on Dec. 31, so I'd say the first half of the race would be almost impossible to be in the top four, but one thing is to be 15 points from the top, another thing is to be five points from the top four.

"So what we have to try to do in these three remaining matches is to try to be in a position that gives us a chance in the second half of the season.

"We are playing really well. If we can transform performances into results then we have a chance."

Since drawing 1-1 with Everton on December 4, United are on a two-game winning streak in the Premier League as they have beaten Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace. 

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As a result of this, Mourinho admitted that the players have enjoyed a much-needed boost in confidence. 

"It doesn't change the mentality," he said. "It changes just a little bit the happiness, the good feeling.

"It was great to see the boys tired but happy after the game at Palace. I was always very positive to them — I was always very positive in the dressing room after disappointing results. It's not easy to go to the dressing room after the Arsenal match [a 1-1 draw in November] and grab them and lift them. It's not easy because such a good performance, such a disappointing result.

"It's not easy to go to the dressing room against Everton and grab them and motivate them for the next day. It's easy after Crystal Palace to go to the dressing room and to see happy people.

"So results in our case just bring happiness, because the way we are playing for a long time, the way we are working for a long time, gives us that stability that we know we are going in the right direction, but obviously we need results, and these last two victories meant six points and six points for a team that had consecutive draws, draws, draws was very important."