Why Manchester United are deliberately avoiding 'City model' with their squad

Manchester United don't want to follow Manchester City's 'model' with their squad.

January is coming up fast and that means another month of speculation and dealings at Manchester United.

But this next window will be a particularly interesting one at Old Trafford considering the drama over the summer.

It was the worst kept secret in football that Jose Mourinho wanted to bring in another centre-back, with the likes of Harry Maguire, Toby Alderweireld, and Diego Godin all linked.

And while we wait to see if that is something United move to correct, eyes will also be on who is set to leave the club.

There are several players at the club that Mourinho simply isn't getting much use out of; Antonio Valencia, Phil Jones, Matteo Darmian, and Marcos Rojo have played six Premier League games between them this season.

On top of that, Ashley Young, Ander Herrera, and Juan Mata are all out of contract in July alongside Valencia and their futures will be considered in January.

And with all of this to be dealt with soon, it's important to note that United won't be going about things the same way as local rivals Manchester City.

According to a report by the Manchester Evening News, the red side of the city is concerned that they're fast losing experience at the club.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Wayne Rooney, and Michael Carrick have all left United over the previous 18 months, taking an incredible amount of experience with them.

Manchester City and Manchester United have different ideas when it comes to their squads.

That's left them worried about going too young, too fast and gives them a desire to hold onto experienced players.

City, on the other hand, let go of five veteran players and several more fringe members of the squad in Pep Guardiola's second season and the 'City model' of lots of changes at once is something United are reluctant to follow.

While there may be plenty of talk in the next two windows, Mourinho and co. will be hoping that much stays the same.

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