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Jose Mourinho Ready To Sell Manchester United Pair In January

Jose Mourinho Ready To Sell Manchester United Pair In January

Jose Mourinho spent the summer desperate to sign a centre back for his Manchester United side now he's preparing to sell two of those he's already got in his squad.

Whilst most of us spent the summer enjoying the World Cup and trying to make the most of the brilliant weather, when we weren't working, and complaining about it being too hot once we'd been outside for too long Jose Mourinho spent his trying to find a centre back.

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Yerry Mina, Harry Maguire, Jerome Boateng, Toby Alderweireld and Diego Godin were amongst the names mentioned as United's hunt for a defender veered towards Chelsea's January desire for a striker when they were linked with Ashley Barnes and Peter Crouch.

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In the end though the Red Devils didn't sign a centre back with young full back Diogo Dalot the only defender joining the club, joining Fred and Lee Grant as the only additions from last season.

United have looked in need of a centre back this season too. Their previous seasons have been built around a good defence but this season they've kept just one Premier League clean sheet.

According to the Telegraph, Mourinho is ready to sell Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in January if it boost his chances of signing another defender.

Rojo checking his phone to see our post on Facebook about him being sold. Image: PA Images
Rojo checking his phone to see our post on Facebook about him being sold. Image: PA Images

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Mourinho is once again determined to sign a new defender and Rojo hasn't played all season so would likely be the first one out the door.

Bailly might be United's best defender, despite his performance against Brighton earlier in the season, but the former Chelsea boss clearly doesn't fancy him and the Ivorian hasn't played since coming off after 19 minutes of the Newcastle game.

Inter Milan's Milan Skriniar and Alderweireld are amongst those players that have been linked with a possible move to Old Trafford in the winter window.

Alderweireld would be one of the most popular targets if he became available. Image: PA Images
Alderweireld would be one of the most popular targets if he became available. Image: PA Images
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Alexis Sanchez' future is not thought to be in question. The former Arsenal forward's form for United has fallen off a cliff and he was on the bench against Manchester City once again at the weekend.

Can signing a defender really turn the fortunes of United around?

Topics: Football News, Jose Mourinho, Manchester United, Marcos Rojo, Premier League, Transfer news, Eric Bailly

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