Although Jose Mourinho may only be a few short months into his reign as Manchester United manager, he seems to have already made his mind up about certain players in his squad.
Throughout the last few weeks, United’s willingness to off-load any number of players has been widely reported in the press.
Although Mourinho maybe forced to select the likes of Marcos Rojo, Chris Smalling, Luke Shaw and Matteo Darmian due to circumstance, it appears that the United manager has seen enough and has embarked upon the process of replacing at least one of the quartet.
It therefore doesn’t come as too much of a surprise to see Sky Sports report on United’s interest in Benfica’s Victor Lindelof.
The broadcaster even go as far to claim that the 22 year-old Swedish defender is a “priority” signing for United, but he might not be available in January.
Although the Old Trafford club have made tentatively inquired as to Lindelof’s availability, Benfica would only be willing to sell the £25 million rated centre-back if they don’t qualify for the knock out phase of the Champions League.
This leaves Mourinho in a bit of a quandary, as he will have to do without Eric Bailly when the defender links up with the Ivory Coast squad for the African Cup of Nations on January 3.
Consequently United may have to look elsewhere if they are to land the central defender they desperately crave.
Alan Drumm, Pundit Arena