Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho could experience a frustrating period at the turn of the year with the hierarchy said to have no plans of adding new players to the first-team squad.
Mourinho had been desperate to pursue a central defender during the closing stages of the previous transfer window but his request never came to fruition with Leicester City blocking the departure of Harry Maguire whilst Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng took it upon himself to reject the advances from the Red Devils.
United have since experienced an average run in the Premier League where they have managed just 20 points from the opening 12 matches, and this has largely come about from a vulnerable backline which has conceded 21 times and kept just the solitary clean sheet in the top-flight campaign.
Owing to this, there had recently been the suggestion that United could bow to Mourinho’s demands to bolster the backline in the New Year but The Independent claims that may not be the case with the board reluctant to trust the Portuguese with funds after the shortcomings from recent transfer windows.
In the past two seasons, Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof have been recruited under the Portuguese’ guidance to bolster central defence, but neither has impressed sufficiently, with the gametime on the field. Meanwhile, United’s recent concern with signings seems to have come about with the treatment of Fred, who has been restricted of consistent gametime.
The Brazil international was United’s marquee signing last summer after they paid up a fee of around £52m to prise him away from Shakhtar Donetsk but he has since struggled to make himself a regular under Mourinho and has managed just seven starts for the club across all competitions.
Based on this, it appears the United board may restrict any transfer funds for potential new signings but Mourinho could be given the option of offloading of some of the existing players in order to recoup funds for a probable purchase. A recent report from The Telegraph has suggested that Bailly and Marcos Rojo could potentially make way this winter with Mourinho keen to pursue a new central defender.
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