Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should begin his overhaul at Old Trafford with the addition of Arsenal and England midfielder Jack Wilshere, former defender Gordon McQueen has claimed. The Portuguese coach is expected to begin his transfer activity with the signing of Eric Bailly from Villarreal but has been instructed to look closer to home for further additions.
Wilshere failed to complete a single 90 minutes for the Gunners last season after suffering a broken leg, but a handful of cameo appearances towards the twilight of the campaign was enough to see him including in England's 23-man squad for the European Championships. The 24-year-old's club career has otherwise stalled and with Granit Xhaka having arrived from FC Basel his opportunities could be restricted next term.
The former Bolton Wanderers loanee has previously considered leaving Arsenal – but only in the event of manager Arsene Wenger departing the club. McQueen feels that with Wilshere's role at The Emirates Stadium far from certain, Mourinho should look to make him among a throng of additions at United this summer.
"United could build a team around a fit Jack Wilshere, but right now I doubt Arsenal would sell him," he told Goal.com. "They let Robin van Persie go to United, so you never know. United are a huge club and big-name players will always listen to them, but they are not in the Champions League next season and that will work against them."
The Mirror understand Mourinho will be handed £200m to revitalise a United squad which failed to qualify for the Champions League last season and failed miserably under Louis van Gaal – who himself splashed out £250m during his two season at the helm. But with the resources available to the likes of Manchester City, McQueen doesn't feel that would be enough to return United to the summit of English football.
"I don't think £200m will be anywhere near enough. The money involved nowadays has gone crazy," he added. "Mourinho will spend every penny he is given, he has to, but he will also have to look closely at what he has already got before deciding where to strengthen and who he can realistically afford.
"He will have to sell some of his assets – players like Juan Mata will go. He already sold him once when they were at Chelsea together. His most sellable asset is Anthony Martial but that would get him off on the wrong foot with the United fans.
"His budget will be less than Pep Guardiola at Manchester City, who already have a much stronger squad, so there will have to be a lot of wheeling and dealing. Mourinho will have to show his skills in the marketplace to make United competitive."