Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho recently ranted about the club’s failure in matching the spending strength of league leaders and arch rivals Manchester City. The Portuguese looks set to capitalise on the January transfer window and bring in significant reinforcements to solidify the club’s contention in the Champions League and the English Premier League. He has identified his top targets this window and one of them is Tottenham Hotspur’s left-back Danny Rose. However, he has been told by club Chief Ed Woodward that he cannot sign the defender.

The left-back position has been of concern for the Europa league champions who are currently rotating Ashley Young, Luke Shaw and Daley Blind on the left flank. Danny Rose, who had earlier expressed his dissatisfaction over the Spurs’ transfer philosophy, has been on Mourinho’s wish list and a move could be on the table in the upcoming summer window. Rose is likely to cost a fair bit amount in excess of £50million. But as per a Mirror report, Ed Woodward wants Mourinho to settle with younger and cheaper options which has left the Portuguese frustrated.

“He is believed to have told the United boss that if he is to get Rose, he will have to offload some players or wait until the summer,” mentions the report. Luke Shaw has significantly boosted his manager’s morale after impressing in his orthodox position in the 2-0 win at Goodison Park but his recent fitness has put Mourinho in doubts. The defensive tactician wants to deploy more power at the back and get United running across competitions.

United are currently placed second in the Premier League table, 15 points adrift league leaders Manchester City who are enjoying a solid run at the top with 62 points from an unbeaten run of 22 games. United will lock horns with Stoke in their next Premier League fixture after facing Derby County in the FA Cup 3rd round encounter.

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