Castles, who has close connections with both Mourinho and his agent Jorge Mendes, suggests Man United’s congested fixture list from here until the end of the season is what is pushing Jose to try and bring in a new player.
The two players who Castles mentions are Benfica defender Victor Lindelof and AS Monaco midfielder Tiemone Bakayoko but neither deal is expected to be pushed over the line despite initial conversations being held. In that respect, I’m not sure who would be brought in and there is certainly a question over whether United do need a new signing.
Fringe players impressed against Wigan Athletic on Sunday with a romping 4-0 victory that saw the likes of Paul Pogba, Michael Carrick, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly not play a minute, which suggests there is some real strength in depth already in United’s ranks.
That is of course in part due to the fact we have effectively no injuries at the moment, something which can change very quickly, but with less than 48 hours left in the window it does seem unlikely United can push a deal over the line which will significantly improve our options.
Bastian Schweinsteiger also showed he can play his part in the rest of the season to boost Mourinho’s options while 19-year-old academy product Axel Tuanzebe made his debut, further bolstering United’s defensive choices. That’s not to mention Bailly has returning from the African Cup of Nations.
United do have some weaknesses in the squad and are heading into a fixture schedule which is enough to test most teams but I would personally be surprised to see a new signing come through the Old Trafford doors in January, even if Mourinho would like it to happen.