Manchester United boss wants transfer backing to pursue defensive duo

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly said to want the transfer backing from the board as he sets his sights on bolstering the central defensive department at the turn of the year.

The Portuguese tactician had emphasised the need to strengthen the heart of the defence during the previous transfer window but his request came to no avail as the club were either snubbed or out-priced in their pursuit of potential signings.

Since then, United’s season has not got off to the best of starts with just four victories coming from their opening eight Premier League matches and between this, Mourinho has suggested that his team lack the technical quality to build from the backline.

According to ESPN, Mourinho is likely to want the support from executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward as he plans to bolster the central defensive department which has been a huge letdown since the start of the campaign.

It is added that AC Milan’s Alessio Romagnoli and Inter Milan’s Milan Skriniar are the prime targets on the Portuguese’s wishlist, though they won’t come on the cheap with both defenders said to be valued in the £40m range.

United’s defence was one of their main strengths during the previous campaign where they managed to keep more shutouts than any other team and they ended the season with the second best backline behind only eventual champions Manchester City.

However, they have not been able to replicate a similar performance since the new campaign started and they have already leaked 14 goals from eight games which is already half of the tally conceded over the course of the previous top-flight season.

At present, only Chris Smalling appears to have cemented his berth in defence for United and the rest of the players including Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof could be fighting for their futures, should there be an investment for the defence in January.

Lindelof most recent outing at West Ham United saw him benched before the hour mark. Bailly, on the other hand, suffered somewhat of a humiliation after being hauled off after just 19 minutes of last weekend’s Premier League match versus Newcastle United.

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