Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the club made huge savings by buying players early enough during the summer transfer window.

Neymar's world record move to Paris Saint-Germain triggered a global price spike, and Mourinho is glad to have sealed a British record fee of 75 million ($97 million, 82 million euros) for Everton striker Romelu Lukaku.

United also bought Chelsea midfielder Nemanja Matic and Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

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"I think we were very clever. We thought that something could happen that could change the market forever. Normally the last part of the market is less expensive, but this season, after Neymar, everything changed and changed for the worse in terms of prices.” He said on The Times.

"I think Lukaku on August 31 would have been 150 million. Matic would have been 60 million or 70 million. Neymar changed everything.

Mourinho added that if the biggest transfer in history had still been Pogba, Liverpool playmaker Philippe Coutinho would now be in Barcelona at 101 million, because, according to Jose, people look to the 200 million figure now.

Manchester United will travel to Stoke City on Saturday for their next English Premier League game.

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