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Jose Mourinho identifies his 'club-record signing' for Man Utd in January

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The international break didn't actually come at the best time for Manchester United.

While the club have been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons in 2018/19, they had just picked up their first win in five prior to the break.

The Red Devils came from two goals down at home to Newcastle to win 3-2 at Old Trafford, with the heavily-criticised Alexis Sanchez scoring a late winner.

It was a victory that pretty much kept Jose Mourinho in the job after a tumultuous few weeks in charge.

United face a tough trip to Chelsea when the Premier League resumes, before hosting Juventus in the Champions League.

Given their start to the season, United fans will be demanding at least one win from those two fixtures.

With Mourinho's job seemingly hanging in the balance, it seems odd to hear reports of him planning major January transfers.

But that's exactly what has happened, with The Sun reporting that the Portuguese is actually looking to pull off a club-record signing in the winter.

Lazio's Sergej Milinkovic-Savic is the man in question, with Mourinho keen on the Serbian midfielder back in the summer.

Milinkovic-Savic in Lazio training

The United boss was apparently watching the midfielder in Serbia's 2-0 win away in Montenegro in the UEFA Nations League.

However, Milinkovic-Savic recently agreed a new deal at Lazio, meaning Mourinho's renewed interest could prove to be very expensive.

The interest in the towering midfielder sheds yet more light on how unhappy the United boss is with his current midfield options.

Nemanja Matic has started the season poorly, Scott McTominay has struggled and summer signing Fred just can't escape the substitute bench right now.

Matic on the ball vs Newcastle

But trying to fit both Milinkovic-Savic and Paul Pogba - two very similar players - into the same team would likely be an impossible task.

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Serbia Football
Sergej Milinkovic-Savic
Scott McTominay
Jose Mourinho
Paul Pogba
Alexis Sanchez
Premier League
Nemanja Matic
Manchester United

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