Manchester United’s draw against Burnley on Boxing Day has dented their chances to secure the 2nd place in the points table this season as Jose Mourinho’s men are now just a point better than Chelsea who are in the 3rd place. The manager will be aware of the shortcomings in the squad and will surely prepare a list of targets that can improve his side in the January transfer window.
Mourinho has recently spoken about not being able to spend enough, and might surely look to make a stunning signing come the winter transfer window but who can the Red Devils realistically sign? Here are three transfer targets Mourinho should go all out for in January:
Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur):
The English international is easily one of the best full-backs in England and has just returned to full fitness, missing most of the last two seasons with an injury. However, he spoke about the wage system at Tottenham Hotspur, and how they should make it better, hinting that he is up for grabs. However, Spurs managed to keep him at the club beyond the deadline day in the summer. However, he has played just 5 games this season and reports suggest that Manchester United are desperate for his services and are also ready to offer Luke Shaw as a part of the deal to land him. If Rose is United’s first addition in January, it should not be a huge surprise.
Lucas Vazquez (Real Madrid):
One of the most exciting players on show at the Bernabeu, Vazquez was expected to be a regular in the first team this season for Zinedine Zidane’s side but has managed just five starts in the domestic league this season. He is far from the first choice for Real Madrid but at 26, he will need regular game time to fulfil his potential, which will give Manchester United a chance to pounce on him in January. The lure of game time coupled with playing for one of the biggest clubs in England, just months before the World Cup, could be enough for the winger to move to Manchester in January.
Mesut Ozil (Arsenal):
Finally, Jose Mourinho will surely look at a reunion with the German playmaker Mesut Ozil, after their successful stint in the Spanish capital. Ozil made a name for himself as one of the best in his time under Mourinho and will be more than happy to play under him yet again. He is yet to extend his contract with Arsenal, which expires at the end of the season and if United are ready to offer decent value for him, Arsenal might be forced to sell, to avoid letting him go for free in the summer. Surely, a signing like Ozil will get Manchester United back on track.