Man United manager Jose Mourinho has told the club’s vice chairman, Ed Woodward, that he wants to add two ‘quality’ defenders to his side in the January window, according to reports from the Manchester Evening News.
The Portuguese, who arrived at Old Trafford in the summer having been sacked by Chelsea the previous season, landed all four of his top targets in the summer with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and, most notably, Paul Pogba all arriving in his first few months in charge.
However, the former Real Madrid boss has endured a tough start to life in Manchester and feels that more quality is needed in the back line at Old Trafford if they are to progress.
Summer signing Eric Bailly, who had been a standout performer since his arrival, and stand-in captain Chris Smalling are both currently sidelined, leaving Mourinho with out-of-favour pair Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo at the back.
Furthermore the Red Devils boss may want to invest in his full-back areas in the window, having publicly criticised Luke Shaw and continually using converted winger Antonio Valencia in the right-back berth.