Manchester United morning news: £80m January swoop; Januzaj and Zaha both score

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A select round-up of news relating to Manchester United, including three possible January arrivals and youngsters give Moyes something to think about.

After the worst start to a league campaign for 24 years, Manchester United could be set for their busiest ever January transfer window, with the Express reporting that the Glazers will sanction an £80million spending spree.

The newspaper claims United will be allowed to spend big on Leighton Baines, Ander Herrera and Eliaquim Mangala, as David Moyes is given both the funds and the time to re-shape the team that has stuttered so worryingly in the last few weeks.

Herrera’s release-clause means a deal for the Spaniard is certainly possible, but whether United can persuade Everton to part with Baines is another matter.

Porto defender Mangala is likely to move on sooner rather than later, with Manchester City and Chelsea also interested. But he will not come cheap, with a release-clause of £38million.

So in short, should United want all three, it will take more than the reported kitty to get them.

One current United player desperate to fight for his place is Shinji Kagawa. Speaking to Japanese newspaper The Hochi Simbun, Kagawa said, “I need to improve more and more, or I cannot survive at this club. I have to take this in a positive way and keep trying to do my best.”

And finally, the player who replaced him on Saturday – Adnan Januzaj – played a significant role in United’s under-21s’ 4-0 win over Bolton Wanderers in the Manchester Senior Cup last night.

The Belgian midfielder scored United’s second, after Will Keane put them ahead after just two minutes. Further goals from Wilfried Zaha and Larnell Cole put the game to bed, and sent United through to the next round.

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