JosÃƒÂ© Mourinho will be backed in January to strengthen Manchester United if the right deal is possible in what can be a difficult transfer window for finding value.
The manager wants a central defender and goalscoring forward after trying unsuccessfully to sign one of each in the summer.
More than Ã‚Â£100m is potentially available. Mourinho was interested in Real MadridÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s RaphaÃƒÂ«l Varane before the start of the season and United were prepared to pay that level of money for the 25-year-old had the transfer been possible. The same degree of finance remains.
Leicester CityÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Harry Maguire and Bayern MunichÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s JÃƒÂ©rÃƒÂ´me Boateng were two other Mourinho targets at centre-back but United declined to pursue them as the board did not believe either was an upgrade. This caused the manager some disquiet and it is understood he will be supported in the winter window should a player who can improve the squad become available.