In order to oversimplify the obvious, it has been a horrible start to the season for Manchester United as well as Jose Mourinho.
Although the Red Devils look more stable and decisive than before, there is still a lot of room for improvement. Having won only two of their last eight games in all competitions United boss Jose Mourinho is set to be handed a £100million transfer budget in January. United currently sit eighth in the Premier League table with just 17 points after losing thrice to Tottenham, West Ham United, and Brighton, and drawing twice against Chelsea and Wolverhampton. Mourinho’s men have scored 17 goals so far this Premier League season, but have also conceded the same number of goals, which is quite alarming since statistically, they have the 5th worst defense in the league.
The Red Devils’ boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly expecting the club to make a move for a defender in January, after being unable to add a centre-back to his squad in the summer transfer window. Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward failed to agree on a deal for Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, on the other hand, signing of Jerome Boateng, Hary Maguire and Diego Godin seemed impossible. The 55-year-old believes signing a defender is a priority for the club in January. Mourinho has been keeping Eric Bailly for some time now and with inconsistent performances from Chris Smalling, United have reportedly targeted young defenders like 23-year-old Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan and the experienced 31-year-old Nikola Milenkovic from Fiorentina.
Ex-Manchester City winger Jadon Sancho has reportedly emerged as an important target for the club in recent days. In 2017, the Man City youth team winger joined Borussia Dortmund on a permanent deal, but after his astounding display in the Bundesliga, the Borussia Dortmund starlet has drawn interest from many top clubs. Manchester United are considered to be in a pole position to bring the English prodigy back home. However, City will have the first option in case they want to activate the buy-back clause.
Amidst a confusing environment surrounding goalkeeper David De Gea’s future at Old Trafford, United are also in the hunt for a goalkeeper in January. The club doesn’t want to let De Gea leave for free in 2020, thus the club would like to cash in if the Spaniard does not put pen to paper on a long-term deal soon. Spartak Moscow goalkeeper Aleksandr Maksimenko is said to be a prime target for the club in January. Krsto Kilibarda, United’s chief Eastern European scout, was present during the clash between Spartak Moscow and Rubin Kazan, the match ended as a 1-1 draw. Maksimenko is currently enjoying his season at the Russian football club, and his signing could prove to be fruitful for the club as Jose recently revealed in an interview that he is “not confident” on De Gea’s future at the club.
Photo by Ronnie Macdonald