Jose Mourinho may be only five Premier League games into his Manchester United career but he is already looking toward the January transfer window in an effort to solve the team's problems.
The Red Devils have lost three games on the bounce across all competitions with the latest, a 3-1 reverse against Watford, appearing to spark off a series of similar events for the Special One.
He was openly critical of individual players–in particular, Luke Shaw–and has reportedly left a number of his Manchester United team-mates "shocked" by such treatment.
It is the kind of story that could have been produced in his darkest moments at Chelsea last season when his public ousting of Eden Hazard triggered the beginning of the end of his second spell at Stamford Bridge.
Mourinho now faces a huge task at Old Trafford with their next Premier League game against defending champions Leicester already a must-win tie. However, it seems the Portuguese has instead decided to turn his attention towards adding new players when the transfer window reopens in the new year.
According to The Mirror, Mourinho has targeted Real Madrid star Isco as a potential fix to the creative problems that are holding United back. With Wayne Rooney out of form and Henrikh Mkhitaryan failing to hit the ground running, the Spanish playmaker could add a much-needed spark in the No.10 position.
The news is likely to come as a shock to captain Rooney, whose place in the side would be in serious jeopardy if Isco did arrive. The 30-year-old has come in for criticism this season after failing to perform in the same position Isco would likely occupy.
Isco is on the fringes of Zinedine Zidane's squad and could be available for as little as £25m. However, the result of Real Madrid's appeal against a two-window transfer ban will prove to be the key to any deal.
The fact that transfer rumours are arising just weeks after the summer window closed is a sign of how desperate United's situation is becoming. Mourinho spent huge money to bring Mkhitaryan, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Eric Bailly and Paul Pogba to the club in the summer and most certainly has a squad capable of challenging for the Premier League.
But while a new player is always celebrated by fans in today's game, it would be worrying if Mourinho could not turn this group of highly-talented individuals into a coherent unit.
That is exactly what he did with Chelsea in the 2014/15 campaign and, curiously, exactly what he failed to do the very next season.
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