Manchester United ended their Boxing Day fixture on a 2-2 draw against Burnley and dropped crucial points in their league title pursuit, which looks almost over for them under the firm dominance of rivals Manchester City. However, Jose Mourinho still has a strong case for the Champions League trophy and the domestic cups.

Provided with a war chest he will approach the January transfer window eager to sign more quality players to the squad. The first signing should be a proven left-back with the Portuguese tactician struggling to find a suitable player this season. Ashley Young has been fielded as a make-shift fullback with Luke Shaw putting in rare appearances in recent times.

Alex Sandro

Operating from the left like an engine, Sandro possesses an abundance of skill with the ball, which can be associated with his Brazilian roots. He has immense talent both offensively and defensively and is one of the best replacements for Marcelo in the national team. Netting the ball on 6 occasions, Sandro has registered 16 assists to his name for the Italian giants.

Mourinho should pursue Sandro’s services aggressively and rival Chelsea for his signature.

Gareth Bale

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez has lost his patience with the injury concerns of Bale in recent times. He is ready to cut his losses and sell the 28-year-old while his value is still high. Reports have already linked Bale to United with a bid of £80m demanded by the Galacticos.

A move back to the Premier League might not be the worst thing for his career right now, as Mourinho will be pleased to have the Tottenham star he missed out on working with when he left the managerial position of Real Madrid in 2013. With an exciting line-up already set in place, Bale can look to resurrect his career at Old Trafford.

Although Mourinho has Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford, Jesse Lingard at his disposal, none of them is regular in the right wing position.

Mesut Ozil

After failing to be even called up to the squad in recent times, Henrikh Mkhitaryan most likely will be traded in January.

Reports have already linked the Arsenal midfielder to a move to Manchester United over Barcelona and reunite with Jose Mourinho after German maestro revealed his intentions to move to Old Trafford.

They both had worked together to win the La Liga title in the 2011-12 season and the Copa Del Rey in 2010-11. Ozil mainly featured in the number 10 role under Mourinho and lead the assists record in Europe on multiple seasons at Real Madrid. Still clearly a top pick in the books of the United manager, Ozil knows he will be an immediate addition to the first team at Old Trafford.

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