Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly been given the green light to sign a new centre-back in the January transfer window.

Mourinho has repeatedly been open on his wishes as the Portuguese boss told Ed Woodward that he strengthen his backline.

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The former Chelsea boss’ future at Old Trafford has been under threat since the start of this season but he was given a lift by his side’s 4-1 thrashing of Fulham in the weekend.

In the summer, the 55-year-old has attempted to sign Leicester City star Harry Maguire, Tottenham’s Toby Alderweireld, Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng and Atletico Madrid defender Diego Godin.

However, the former Real Madrid boss failed in his bids at the moment, and now reports suggest that Mourinho will go back in for Alderweireld – who will cost £40m – In January.

Phil Brown, who is the host of Beyond the Pitch podcast, has claimed thatAlderweireld was offered to United for £30m last summer.

Brown said: “Alderweireld was offered to United for £30m and they still said ‘Nah, we’ll come back for you next season’. I don’t understand that.”

On the other hand, former Premier League star Dave Kitson has criticised Mourinho for his style and training sessions at the North West side.

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“I think if you look at when the England players from United go to England you can see them high-fiving, jumping all over each other, hugging each other,” Kitson said.

“Go and watch a Man United training session – it’s like someone has died.”

The Red Devils are back in action on Wednesday night as Mourinho men travel to Spain to take on Valencia in their final Champions League game of the group stage.

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