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Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has come under severe pressure following Manchester United’s poor start to the season.

Ahead of United’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle at the weekend, several reports claimed Mourinho could get sacked if he fails to beat Newcastle.

A report on ESPN claims Mourinho wants Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward to back him publicly by backing him in the January transfer window.

Former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane has been continuously linked with replacing Mourinho but the club have privately brushed off talks of appointing Zidane as Mourinho’s replacement. Mourinho has now reportedly urged the club to show public support by providing funds to sign players during the January transfer window.

AC Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli. Photo: EPA

Mourinho isn’t happy with his defence and has pinpointed Inter centre back Milan Skriniar and Milan defender Alessio Romagnoli to shore up his leaky backline. He reportedly wants Woodward to provide the funds to shore up the defence in January.

Inter defender Milan Skriniar

Skriniar and Romagnoli aren’t the only centre-backs being linked with Manchester United as Sweden World Cup captain Andreas Granqvist is apparently in line for a shock move to Old Trafford, according to Daily Mail.

The 33-year-old, who currently plays for Helsingborgs in Sweden’s second tier, told Expressen via Daily Mail: “There is indeed interest.

“This time there is a kernel of truth (to the transfer rumours).”

33-year-old Sweden international defender Andreas Granqvist

United have spent £61million on two centre-backs (Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof) since Mourinho’s arrival in 2016 but both defenders aren’t trusted by Mourinho.

Mourinho substituted Bailly after just 19 minutes in the 3-2 win over Newcastle on Saturday and opted to move midfielder Scott McTominay to centre-back rather than bringing on Lindelof, who remained on the bench.

The future of Bailly and Lindelof as Manchester United players are currently uncertain with Mourinho seeking to sign defenders in January.