Manchester United do not seem to have a choice but to bring in a defender on loan after losing Harry Maguire to a hip tear during the 0-0 FA Cup third round draw with Wolves last Saturday.
According to The Manchester Evening News, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is mounting a desperate search for a new centre-back after Maguire was ruled out with a hip injury.
However, Solskjaer does not want to sign a replacement on a permanent deal, he instead would like to secure back-up on loan until the summer.
But the United boss could have some trouble finding a top-level player available for a short-term switch.
And Maguire has now been ruled out for at least a month as he looks to recover from the injury.
It means Soslkjaer has just two fit centre-backs in Victor Lindelof and Phil Jones, with Eric Bailly and Axel Tuanzebe also injured.
Marcos Rojo is unavailable for the time being as he looks to secure a move to Fenerbahce.
And it is also unclear if the Red Devils inserted a recall clause into Chris Smalling’s Roma loan deal last summer.
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It now remains to be seen if Solsjkaer can identify a suitable candidate to bolster his ranks until the end of the season.
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