Manchester United’s faltering start to the season has upped the importance of a successful January transfer window.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been shown the door by United bosses following their woeful run of form in recent weeks.
While the club have not appointed a new manager yet, they continue to be linked with a host of major transfer moves.
So, what are the latest rumours and headlines about how United could turn around their torrid season? talkSPORT.com takes a look…
Paris Saint-Germain are readying themselves for a formal approach from Manchester United for Mauricio Pochettino, talkSPORT understands.
Pochettino’s representatives have indicated to United that the Argentine is willing to leave Paris now to secure his dream job at Old Trafford.
United would have to pay around £10million compensation for the former Tottenham boss.
The Red Devils had originally planned to hire an interim manager until the end of the season but are re-evaluating after being alerted to Pochettino’s willingness to take over immediately.
Michael Carrick is unsure of how long he’ll be interim charge of Manchester United after filling in for the sacked Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference for United’s Champions League clash again Villarreal, he said: “I am preparing the team and will give it my best.
“I know the boys and the club very well. This club has been my life for a long time now, so it’s the sacrifice and dedication that you’ve got to give.
“I’m prepared to do that for, for however long it takes whether it’s one game, two games or a little stretch longer than that. Right now, I’m not too sure. It’s not on my mind.”
United’s executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward could reportedly delay his departure from the club.
Sky Sports claim Woodward could help oversee United’s transition with a new interim boss and then permanent boss.
Woodward was set to step down at the end of this year following the collapse of the club’s controversial attempt to join the breakaway European Super League.
Neither Woodward or the club have offered any further comment on his future since then.
Frenkie de Jong
United reportedly want Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong to replace Paul Pogba if the Frenchman decides to leave.
Pogba’s contract expires at the end of the season and there is currently no sign of fresh terms being agreed, with the midfielder thought to be asking the club for double his £290,000-a-week salary.
And according to the Independent, Netherlands star De Jong could be his replacement at Old Trafford.
The 24-year-old established himself as one of football’s most promising young players at Ajax, starring alongside Donny van de Beek, who now can’t get a game for United.
De Jong, on the other hand, has been a regular starter for Barca ever since his £65million move from Ajax in 2019, but the Catalans have declined in those years and currently find themselves £1billion in debt.
Despite signing De Jong with a vision to put the Dutchman at the centre of the club’s future, it is now thought the Spanish giants would accept a bid of £75m for the highly-rated midfielder, in order to raise funds.
United are willing to sell the England midfielder for £10m in January, according to the Sun.
West Ham were priced out of a permanent move for Lingard in the summer as the Red Devils insisted they wanted £25m.
The 28-year-old has only made eight appearances – and a solitary start in the League Cup –under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer this season.
Sevilla are reportedly confident of holding onto Jules Kounde this winter but are willing to hold talks over the defender’s next summer.
Marca are reporting that Manchester United are interested in signing Kounde.
Kounde has a £69million release clause at Sevilla but Marca claim the club believe no-one will activate that this January.
But the LaLiga side are open to discussions over the 23-year-old at the end of the season should United show serious interest in paying up.
Chelsea want Kounde last summer but Marca claim they ‘did not even come close’ to offering enough.
Fichajes now claim Sevilla have been considering a swoop for Cavani and United could use the veteran striker as a makeweight in a deal.
Manchester United will reportedly look to land AC Milan star Franck Kessie on a free transfer next summer.
According to Fichajes, Milan have yet to meet Kessie’s wage demands of £150,000-a-week and that could see him leave at the end of the season.
The Ivory Coast international’s current contract expires in June and he is free to talk to other clubs and sign an agreement this winter.
United are among the teams eyeing Kessie with the Red Devils in desperate need of reinforcements in midfield.
Newcastle are keen on taking United and England defender Phil Jones on loan following his comeback from injury, report the Sun.
The Magpies have joined Watford as the two Premier League teams in the race to land the centre-back – who hasn’t played since January 2020.
A total of 13 clubs, including a host of Championship sides, are keen as is Wayne Rooney’s Derby but the finances at Pride Park would make a deal hard to pull off.
Jones still has two years left on a £130,000-a-week contract at United.
United are reportedly stepping up their interest in Monaco midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni and could move for him in January.
Football Insider claim club scouts have regularly watched Tchouameni in recent weeks.
And the Red Devils are said to be ready to line up a deal for the 21-year-old if their talent spotters are suitably impressed.
Football Insider add that Tchouameni is being considered as a replacement for Paul Pogba in the United midfield.
The ex-Bordeaux ace, who has five France caps already, is under contract at Monaco until the summer of 2024.