Jose Mourinho will reportedly be handed a cool £100 million to improve his Manchester United team in January.
This is according to the Guardian, who understand that Mourinho wants a central defender and goalscoring forward after unsuccessfully attempting to sign one of each in the summer.
But what is Man Utd’s record like when it comes to signing players in the January transfer window?
Mourinho has only made one winter signing since arriving at Old Trafford in the summer of 2016: Alexis Sanchez, who joined from Arsenal earlier this year.
The Chile international has struggled since moving to United - but he isn’t the only player to struggle after arriving at Old Trafford midway through a season.
Signed from Angolan side Petro Atlético in January 2008, Manucho earned a permanent contract with Man Utd after impressing during a three-week trial.
However, the powerful striker went on to make just one Premier League appearance for the Red Devils.
Manucho, now 35, went on to play for the likes of Valladolid and Rayo Vallecano, and now plies his trade with Cornella in Segunda División B – Group 3.
Regarded as one of Brazilian football’s most talented youngsters when United signed him from Internacional 10 years ago, Rodrigo Possebon’s career sadly went into freefall following a challenge from Middlesbrough captain Emanuel Pogatetz.
He’s since played for 10 different clubs but has only made a handful of appearances at each.
Possebon was most recently on the books of Ho Chi Minh City FC over in Vietnam but, at the age of 29, is currently without a club.
A player of considerable technical ability but small in stature, the left-footed Zoran Tosic only made five appearances for Man Utd under Sir Alex Ferguson before he was sold to CSKA Moscow.
The Serbia international has enjoyed a decent career away from Old Trafford, scoring 47 goals in 241 games for CSKA. The 31-year-old now plays for Serbian outfit Partizan Belgrade.
Ritchie De Laet
United picked up Ritchie De Laet from Stoke City in 2009 but the Belgian defender was yet another player who failed to make the grade at Old Trafford.
The 2009-10 Manchester United Reserve Team Player of the Year is still the proud owner of a Premier League winners’ medal, however, because he was part of Leicester City’s legendary 2015-16 squad.
De Laet, who turns 30 this month, is currently on loan at Melbourne City from Aston Villa.
Briefly Man Utd’s first-choice goalkeeper while David de Gea struggled to adjust to life in the Premier League, Anders Lindegaard eventually left Old Trafford for West Brom in 2015.
The Denmark international has since played for Preston North End and now plies his trade with Burnley, where he finds himself as the club’s fourth-choice keeper behind Tom Heaton, Nick Pope and Joe Hart.
Signed from local rivals Manchester City in 2012, Freddie Veseli isn’t a name that United fans will be too familiar with due to the fact he never made a first-team appearance at Old Trafford.
He joined Ipswich Town a year later and now plays for Empoli in Serie A.
Sir Alex Ferguson’s final signing as United manager was, unfortunately, never given a fair crack of the whip under David Moyes.
The skilful winger returned to Crystal Palace in 2015 and hasn’t looked back since. The Eagles face a difficult challenge holding onto the 25-year-old in 2019.
A move to another big club seems inevitable.
One of United’s more successful January signings, Moyes brought Juan Mata to Old Trafford from Chelsea in January 2014.
The Spanish playmaker has made 196 appearances for the Red Devils over the past five years, scoring 41 goals.
Mata is proof that signing players in the winter *can* work for Man Utd.
Sadiq El Fitouri
Signed from Salford City FC on the advice of Phil Neville, Sadiq El Fitouri failed to make a single first-team appearance for United before he was offloaded to Chesterfield.
The 24-year-old, who almost quit football after being released by Man City during his youth days, has since played for Libyan Premier League champions Al-Ahli Tripoli and is currently on the books of Romanian club Politehnica Iasi.
What an odd career.
And so to Alexis Sanchez who, let’s be honest, has been terrible for United.
A world-class player during his peak years, the Chile international has looked well past his best since moving to Manchester.
The 29-year-old has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain and it wouldn’t be a shock if his Old Trafford spell was a short one.News Now - Sport News