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Manchester United have reportedly requested the signing of Denis Zakaria as the transfer window opens this month. The midfielder has shone for Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Bundesliga for several years. Yet the Red Devils are not alone when it comes to securing his signature in January.
Manchester United have had a scorching season so far with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick struggling to get the best out of the current squad.
If Cristiano Ronaldo has dazzled at the top since his summer return, it is the club’s midfielder who seems to be his weakest link.
United are well stocked for players in this department, with Scott McTominay, Fred, Paul Pogba, Nemanja Matic and Donny van de Beek currently on their books.
But with performances still falling short of expectations, the club could be on the verge of action.
According to the journalist Jonathan shrager, United recently inquired about Zakaria’s signing this month.
The Switzerland international has been in great shape this season, scoring twice in 15 Bundesliga appearances.
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Mourinho was happy with his squad in January 2018 but, when Alexis Sanchez became available, sanctioned a deal for the Chile international.
Sanchez disappointed at Old Trafford, however, scoring just five goals before being transferred to Serie A giants Inter Milan.
Under Solskjaer, United signed Bruno Fernandes and Odion Ighalo in the January 2020 transfer window.
Fernandes has been a huge success ever since, establishing itself as a shining light for the modern age.
Ighalo, however, spent most of his time stuck on the bench before his loan expired at the end of 2020.
Zakaria would undoubtedly improve the club’s midfielder.
And he could even sign as a replacement for Van de Beek or Pogba, both linked to January releases.
Speaking ahead of United’s clash with Wolves, Rangnick confirmed he wants Van de Beek to stay.
The midfielder has struggled for action since joining Ajax almost two years ago.
And Rangnick, when asked how Van de Beek can fit into his team, said: “Well, work hard.
“As far as I’ve come to know him, he has a high level mentality, he works hard in every training session.
“He’s a team player from start to finish and there will be games where he gets the chance to play, I’m sure.
“I also had a longer conversation with him last week about this and again of course it’s difficult for him at the moment as he wants to play for the Dutch national team as well.
“He wants to qualify and play the World Cup in Qatar and to do that, he has to gain playing time here.
“But I still believe that we should keep him, that he should stay here, definitely until the end of this season and try to get as much playing time as possible.”