Manchester United: Is Jose Mourinho Looking to Sell in January to Fund New Signings?

Manchester United midfielder Daley Blind fears he may be sold as Jose Mourinho looks to bolster his squad even further, according to reports.

The club is yet to enter into contract negotiations with Blind but are expected to trigger a one-year option on his deal, which would see him tied to United until 2019.

Yet Blind has concerns that United's decision to do that is motivated by selling him and ensuring that the club will receive a fee, according to The Times.

The 27-year-old midfielder has played just one minute of Premier League football since September, while Mourinho has left him out of the entire squad for the last three league games.

At the beginning of the season, Mourinho used Blind's versatility to play him at left-back as the Portuguese coach made clear his lack of faith in Luke Shaw, the only natural player in the position. But Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian have tended to fill the role in recent weeks instead.

Blind arrived at Old Trafford in 2014 from Ajax, signed by countryman Louis van Gaal for a fee believed to be around £13 million. He was a key figure under Van Gaal but has fallen out of favor with his successor.

Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho
Manchester United Manager Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Manchester, England, November 25. Mourinho is looking to bolster his squad over the next few transfer windows. Alex Livesey/Getty

Blind's last appearance came in the 1-0 defeat to FC Basle in the Champions League on November 22, when he was at fault for the Swiss team's winner. But Mourinho was quick to defend his player.

"I know that in the flash interview Daley was blaming himself, [but] it's totally unfair," he said.

"I refuse that situation because we are a team. In the first half we should be winning five or 6-0 and that was not Daley's fault for sure. So we put ourselves in this position."

Mourinho is keen to add more talent to his already expensive squad. The likes of Real Madrid's Gareth Bale, Atletico Madrid's Antoine Griezmann and Tottenham's Danny Rose have all been linked with a move to United—and Blind may be the one to make way.

United, meanwhile, is also expected to extend Zlatan Ibrahimovic's contract at Old Trafford. The 36-year-old Swede was Mourinho's best player last season and signed a one-year deal earlier this year as he recovered from a cruciate ligament injury.

United and Mourinho seem to be impressed by Ibrahimovic's recovery and are willing to offer an extra 12-month extension, according to The Sun. That would see him still playing for United well after turning 37.