Jose Mourinho is said to be seeking the backing of the Manchester United board this January, as he looks to bolster his defense with some big-money signings.
The Portuguese has come under heavy scrutiny for United's slow start to the 2018/19 season, which has seen them slip seven points behind league leaders Manchester City, Chelsea and Liverpool in addition to being fired out of the Carabao Cup with an embarrassing home defeat to Championship Derby County.
Mourinho is of the belief that United's poor start is down to the fact that the lack of summer reinforcements, and is urging Ed Woodward and the United board to provide him with the necessary funds to rectify the situation in January.
According to ESPN, Mourinho wants that backing to prioritize rebuilding his currently leaky defense. Those same sources are suggesting that Inter's Milan Skriniar and AC Milan's Alessio Romagnoli are the two individuals who are being lined up by Mourinho.
Both are 23-years-old, making them much younger alternatives to the various center backs Mourinho failed to persuade the board to purchase in the summer, including Diego Godin, Jerome Boateng and Toby Alderweireld.
Since arriving at Old Trafford in 2016, Mourinho has forked out £61m on new center backs Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof - both of whom have failed to nail down a spot in the Red Devil's starting lineup.
Meanwhile, United veterans Chris Smalling and Phil Jones have consistently flattered to deceive when called upon, leading to midfielders Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba both having to fill in at the back in previous matches.