Manchester United ready to offload defensive duo in January

Manchester United are prepared to off-load defensive duo Marcos Rojo and Eric Bailly in the January transfer window.

After a disappointing start to the season, Jose Mourinho is set to be handed significant transfer funds to strengthen his squad, and has prioritised strengthening the heart of his defence.

The Manchester United manager failed with reported summer pursuits for the likes of Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng, Leicester’s Harry Maguire and Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin, to name just a few, and is keen to re-enter the market for a central defender in January.

The Telegraph reports that Argentine Rojo, 28, and Ivorian Bailly, 24, will be amongst the casualties of Mourinho’s revamp. Bailly was a £30m signing by Mourinho from Villarreal, but after a positive start has struggled for consistency whilst Rojo has yet to feature this season.

United currently sit eighth in the Premier League, with the 21 goals that they have conceded being the most of any team in the top half.

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