sport news Man Utd: Every Mourinho signing has one thing in common

Jose Mourinho said earlier this summer that he was seeking three or four new signings to improve his squad. 

With Nemanja Matic joining defender Victor Lindelof and striker Romelu Lukaku as part of £160m spending spree, it's safe to assume that the Portuguese boss has almost every piece of the puzzle he was seeking to make the Red Devils competitive again. 

But what sort of side is he looking to build to take the previously perennial champions back to the pinnacle of the Premier League? There's an interesting fact about Mourinho's signings that may give us a good clue.

Nemanja Matic (R) has signed for United and at 6ft 3in adds some serious height to the team

Nemanja Matic (R) has signed for United and at 6ft 3in adds some serious height to the team

The Serbian is Jose Mourinho's seventh major signing, six of which has been over 6ft 1in

The Serbian is Jose Mourinho's seventh major signing, six of which has been over 6ft 1in

Of the seven signings that he has made at United, Henrikh Mkhitaryan is the only one under 6ft 1in. 

The latest arrival, Matic, stands at almost 6ft 4in, while Lindelof is 6ft 1in and Lukaku is a towering 6ft 2in. 'If I was here, a left footed player, Mourinho said of the decision to let Matic leave Chelsea to join Benfica originally. '1.95 metres; position: midfield - would never, never, never leave. Never.' His admiration has been clear for some time, both in the player and his attributes.

Mourinho has a history of signing tall players to add physicality to his teams in the past

Mourinho has a history of signing tall players to add physicality to his teams in the past

That means Mourinho's likely XI for the opening game against West Ham will have an average height of 6ft 1in. Throw in the likes of Chris Smalling and Marouane Fellaini, both over 6ft 3in, from the bench then the average shoots up again. You don't have to be  genius to work out what would hap

MOURINHO'S GIANT SIGNINGS

Jose Mourinho has signed seven players for , six of which have been over 6ft 1in. They are:

Nemanja Matic - 6ft 3in

Eric Bailly - 6ft 1in

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - 6ft 4in

Paul Pogba - 6ft 2in

Romelu Lukaku - 6ft 2in

Victor Lindelof - 6ft 1in

Henrikh Mkhitaryan - 5ft 8in

For comparison, Louis van Gaal's last ever United XI in the cup final win against Crystal Palace, had an average height of 6ft. So Mourinho has added an extra inch-per-player in little over a year. 

Leicester's championship winning side were, on average, 5ft 11in across the board. 's Chelsea were around the 6ft mark. 

So, if United are to be champions, they will be the tallest in at least three years to do so. 

This is, of course, nothing new for Mourinho. He forged his first great Chelsea side around the hulking

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