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2 Man Utd players Jose Mourinho wants to sell to boost January transfer plans

Mirror logo Mirror 13/11/2018 Jacob Murtagh

Jose Mourinho is reportedly looking to offload Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly to bring in a new defender at Manchester United .

The Special One was desperate to bring in a new centre-back last summer, but saw a move for Leicester City's Harry Maguire go down the pan.

United have conceded 21 goals in just 12 Premier League games so far this season, with only Burnley , Cardiff , Huddersfield and Fulham shipping more.

Chris Smalling and Victor Lindelof have been preferred to Bailly and Rojo in the heart of defence.

Ivorian Bailly has not featured for the Red Devils since the 3-2 victory against Newcastle a month ago - just his fifth League appearance this term.

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Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian are posing for a picture © Credits: John Peters

John Peters

Rojo has not kicked a ball for the first team and is out in the cold at Old Trafford.

And The Telegraph claim United want to cash in on the duo, with the likes of Tottenham's Toby Alderweireld and Milan Skriniar from Inter Milan on Mourinho's radar.

Former Manchester City captain Richard Dunne has claimed United's defenders are not up to scratch.

Ex-defender Dunne suggested United manager Jose Mourinho will be eyeing the January transfer window as he needs an upgrade.

Jose Mourinho standing in front of a crowd: Further problems for Jose Mourinho have surfaced this week © X03807 Further problems for Jose Mourinho have surfaced this week

Speaking to 888Sport, Dunne said: "Since the days of (Rio) Ferdinand and (Nemanja) Vidic United have struggled to get a settled two and I'm sure as soon as Mourinho has the opportunity he will change the two he has now for different ones.

"At the moment he has Lindelof and Smalling but they don't inspire confidence throughout the team and as soon as that transfer window opens I'm sure they will be out looking for centre-backs again."

In contrast, Dunne pointed to City's most regular central pairing, and suggested John Stones and Aymeric Laporte could go on to dominate in a style different to that seen before.

"They are very different to when you go back over the years to the centre-back pairings that United had," Dunne said.

a rugby player with a football ball on a field © Credits: PA

"Vidic and (Jaap) Stam, Steve Bruce and (Gary) Pallister even. They were tough tacklers whereas the two City have - who are the only two centre-backs that Pep (Guardiola) has bought - are completely within his profile of ball-playing defenders.

"They don't seem to be in positions to need last-ditch tackles. Instead they read the game really well and obviously with the team they have ahead of them - and Fernandinho in particular - they are not under so much pressure.

"This brings its own issue though because they need to concentrate all the time and remain switched on.

"The understanding that they've got could make this a long-standing partnership and certainly the most successful in Premier League history."

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