Manchester United have received a huge blow after Jose Mourinho admitted Eric Bailly may require surgery on a "serious" ankle injury. "I don't say (he's out) for the rest of the season but it's for the next two or three months", Mourinho told MUTV.
Asked about the January window, Mourinho said in a press conference: "I've nothing to say in relation to that".
Bailly, so dominant in United's strong start to the campaign, has not played since the start of November after picking up an ankle injury while on global duty with the Ivory Coast.
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Mourinho - who would be sitting at the top of the Premier League at this stage last season with United's 38 points - claimed he always knew the size of the task at hand.
"I signed a three year contract because that was the time that myself and the board chose to be my contract at that time". 'I had that experience before. They were in a hard moment, no league title or cup, not even a Champions League quarter final for many years.
"I don't speak about players, especially players that belong to other clubs - there is no sense", he said.
"I'm not a big defender of the January market, but there are players and situations that sometimes you have the chance to do and you shouldn't lose that chance".
Alternatively, since it's almost January, an emergency dip into the transfer market might be an alternative solution.