After a close-season in 2016 which saw his side spend a world-record fee on Paul Pogba, the manager expects far less activity after this campaign

Manchester United will likely do comparatively little in the transfer market this summer but could still recruit up to four new players, claims manager Jose Mourinho.

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After breaking the world record for a deal by re-signing Paul Pogba before the current campaign, the Portuguese believes that his squad is in far better shape ahead of the next window.

“Everything is balanced and I think our summer [activity] will be quite small,” he told reporters.

Since the retirement of Alex Ferguson, United have repeatedly revamped their squad as they seek to find a rhythm under consecutive new managers.

The Red Devils’ executive vice chairman, Ed Woodward, told investors on Thursday that they would look to avoid “churning through a large number of players” in 2017 and Mourinho agrees with the sentiment, though he does expect up to four players to come and go.

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“He’s completely right,” the United boss remarked. “Of course we speak about what’s next and we know that we have a squad that, like every squad, needs changes.

“But we know also that our squad has potential, our squad has good players, many of them in the best age, the age of evolution and it’s not our philosophy, independent of the numbers – can you spend £1 million, £10m or £100m? – independent of the numbers, it’s also the philosophy, the idea and we look at it in this way.

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“We prefer to bring two, three or four players but good players, players that feel an idea, a football that we try to play, that can improve our squad. We are not interested in selling six or seven and buying six or seven and, from this six or seven, only one or two are great quality or the others are the same as the ones we are selling.

“We are not going to play this game. We are stable, so we think that our market in the summer will be soft, will be natural: some players to leave, some players to come but in a very natural way.”