Wednesday 22 November 2017

Four young stars Jose Mourinho could sign in January to turn Man United into title winners

Harvey Burgess

Jose Mourinho has endured a far more difficult start to his Manchester United tenure than he would have liked. The Red Devils have been disappointing in both the Premier League and Europa League this season, and they sit eight points behind leaders Liverpool after just 11 matches.

Summer signing Paul Pogba, who arrived for a world-record transfer fee, has been the subject of harsh criticism from all sides, while Zlatan Ibrahimovic only recently ended a six-game goalless streak.

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A number of injuries to the United back four, including Luke Shaw and Chris Smalling, means Mourinho will be in the hunt for defensive reinforcements, while a lack of world-class wingers and the disappointing form of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay will surely encourage United to strengthen in that area.

The Portuguese manager has also been openly critical of several of his own players, including Shaw and Smalling, leading to speculation that there will be a clear-out of the United squad either in January or when the summer comes around.

He is willing to allow eight players – reportedly Bastian Schweinsteiger, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Morgan Schneiderlin among others – to leave within the next year as he looks to mould the squad into his own image. By the end of next year the squad will be almost entirely unrecognisable from the one that Sir Alex Ferguson presided over until 2013.

Here are six players who could change Man United's fortunes:

Jose Gimenez (Defender, Atletico Madrid)

The 21-year-old Uruguayan has already played 21 times for his country and has been touted as a future world-class centre-back. Currently on the books of Atletico Madrid, Gimenez is not a regular and a move in January for first-team football would surely appeal to him.

Victor Lindelof (Defender, Benfica)

The most recent player to be linked with the Red Devils, Lindelof is a 22-year-old centre-back currently plying his trade at Benfica. The Swedish international has been in fine form this season and could be tempted by a move to England in January.

Yannick Carrasco (Midfielder, Atletico Madrid)

The third Atletico Madrid player reported to be on Mourinho’s wish-list, Carrasco is one of Belgium’s new generation of talent and, at just 23 years of age, has a long career ahead of him. The Belgian is an attacking midfielder who has added a ruthlessness in front of goal to his repertoire this season, contributing nine goals in all competitions.

Bruma (Midfielder, Galatasaray)

Galatasaray’s fleet-footed winger is rated at around £21.5m and has impressed in the Turkish league this season, receiving five Man of the Match awards in just ten starts so far. Bruma is a fantastic dribbler who would certainly provide competition for places on the left wing.

(© Independent News Service)

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