JOSE MOURINHO made no secret of his frustration that Manchester United did not signal a defender in the summertime.
The Pink Devils boss requested the Previous Trafford high brass to signal a centre-back however government vice-chairman Ed Woodward refused to get out the chequebook.
And after a string of dangerous outcomes and off-field incidents – Mourinho’s job has come below elevated scrutiny this time period.
United have already misplaced 4 of their opening 12 Premier League fixtures this season.
And tensions with midfield ace Paul Pogba sparked rumours that the Portuguese was to get replaced by Zinedine Zidane.
Nevertheless, they’ve made slight progress in current matches – and though they have been outclassed by bitter rivals Metropolis final day out, they’ve gained three of their final 5 league matches and produced a surprising comeback in opposition to Juventus within the Champions League.
Regardless of their disappointing begin to the marketing campaign, Woodward stays assured within the Portuguese’s skill to show issues spherical and has insisted the membership and Mourinho are “totally united”.
But when they’re to mount a top-four surge, Mourinho and Woodward will know a defender should be signed to repair their defensive woes and take care of with the main pack.
However who’re 5 of the important thing targets and the place will they slot in at Man United? Discover out under…
MANCHESTER UNITED have reportedly lodged an enormous bid to make Napoli star Kalidou Koulibaly the world’s most-expensive defender.
The ace, 27, joined Napoli from Genk in 2014 and has made 180 appearances for the Italian giants.
And he has caught the attention of Mourinho for his spectacular performances each domestically and within the Champions League.
Koulibaly is a powerhouse of a defender – and has been a long-term goal for Chelsea too, with Maurizio Sarri additionally reportedly able to splash out for the defender in the summertime.
Nevertheless, as we noticed with Eric Bailly – highly effective defenders don’t at all times adapt rapidly within the Premier League.
ONE of the primary Mourinho targets of the summer season was 29-year-old Spurs ace Alderweireld – however he, together with different targets Harry Maguire and Diego Godin, by no means sealed a transfer to Previous Trafford.
Nevertheless, no talks of a brand new contract for the Belgian have progressed and the Pink Devils might nonetheless signal the Belgian on a budget on the flip of the 12 months.
Mourinho has been a long-time admirer of the defender and SunSport reported he was in Belgium to observe him for his or her Uefa Nations League conflict in opposition to Iceland.
And with Juan Foyth in good kind and Jan Vertonghen to return from harm quickly – now could also be an excellent time to maneuver for the defender.
MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly to return in for Diego Godin regardless of him snubbing a transfer from the Pink Devils in the summertime.
United have been determined to land an skilled central defender final summer season and the 32-year-old was excessive on their procuring checklist.
The Uruguay worldwide snubbed Jose Mourinho advances regardless of United triggering his £22.5million launch clause.
It had been reported Godin would pen a brand new long-term deal on the Wanda Metropolitano to reward him for opting to remain within the Spanish capital.
However no deal has been agreed and Mourinho might want to return in for the defender for a cut-price charge.
MANCHESTER UNITED have additionally set their sights on Inter defender Milan Skriniar after stories he’s but to agree a brand new deal at Inter Milan.
The Slovakian defender has develop into one of many continent’s high defenders since transferring to the San Siro from Sampdoria in 2017.
Talks stopped between the Serie A giants and Skriniar and no progress is believed to have been made since.
He stays below contract till 2022 however Inter are determined to tie down the ace to an extended deal as a way to battle off events.
Bitter rivals Man Metropolis are additionally monitoring the state of affairs of the 23-year-old.
MANCHESTER UNITED are reportedly able to make a transfer for Chelsea’s out of favour Gary Cahill.
SunSport instructed you the way Blues defender Cahill was able to give up Stamford Bridge in January except he bought extra motion.
However now the 32-year-old is being focused by his former boss.
It’s believed Chelsea won’t stand in his means if the previous England star with 61 caps to his title desires to go away.
He has made only one Premier League look this time period – and a transfer would additionally add one other dwelling grown participant to Mourinho’s ranks.