Mourinho eyes big buys in January transfer window

Author: George Ernest Asare

After failing to back Jose Mourinho to poach quality players to strengthen the team and fight for honours, Manchester United now appear ready to support their manager over transfer targets for both January and next summer's transfer windows .

Key among Mourinho’s target  in the summer were Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Leicester's Harry Maguire, but he was not given the nod by the board, causing Maguire to sign a new long-term Foxes contract, while Alderweireld's Spurs deal can run until 2020.

Mourinho , however remains keen to bring in a new central defender after failing to acquire one in the summer, and the club will make a move if the right man becomes available in either of the next two windows.

 During the summer, Mourinho revealed his frustrations over transfer inactivity and spoke about failing to get his targets, saying he was the victim of a "manhunt".

United management were therefore forced to deny reports he would be sacked regardless of the outcome of the Newcastle game on October 6, which  United came from behind to win  3-2, and their league form has since been  picking  up with a draw at Chelsea and victory over Everton.

Yet the team  remain with the fifth-worst defensive record in the division so far this term, having conceded 17 goals in 10 games, including eight at Old Trafford.

 With this poor record, United's owners  now seem  eager to support Jose Mourinho with cash when the transfer window opens in January, says Manchester United Supporters Trust spokesman Sean Bones.