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Manchester United are open to strengthening their squad during the January transfer window amid their mixed start to the season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Red Devils have won just one of their opening four Premier League matches.

Manchester United had a solid, if unspectacular, transfer window in the summer with Solskjaer able to bring in Harry Maguire, Daniel James and Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

However, they failed to sign a central midfielder or a forward following the recent departures of Ander Herrera, Marouane Fellaini, Romelu Lukaku and Alexis Sanchez.

And the Manchester Evening News say United are open to bolstering their squad this winter.

Solskjaer tried late in the day to bring in new faces, despite previously admitting he was happy with what he had.

Paulo Dybala ended up staying at Juventus after United were deterred by his huge wage demands.

And Christian Eriksen remained at Tottenham after the Red Devils suspected he would prefer a move to Real Madrid instead.

United were heavily linked with a move for Bruno Fernandes.

But Express Sport understands the Red Devils were incensed at the constant speculation surrounding the 24-year-old when their interest was not as strong as mentioned.

Meanwhile, United have been tipped to spend over £90million on West Ham’s Declan Rice when the window reopens.

The England international was backed to move to Old Trafford during the summer, only to end up remaining in London.

And Noel Whelan can see the Hammers midfielder making the move to United this January.

“West Ham have got a really special player on their hands,” the former Leeds United and Coventry City hitman told Football Insider.

“They will struggled to hold on to him, because the big clubs will be hot on his trail.

“I think Declan Rice could be the next player who goes for a Premier League record fee.

“We have just seen Harry Maguire go for £80million and I wouldn’t be surprised if Rice goes for more than that, above £90million, even.

“He’s young, English, hugely talented and is such a long way from his peak. You look at a team like Man United, who need a midfield anchorman and you can see it happening.

“They don’t mind paying over the odds for a player, as we saw in the summer.

“I could see them looking to get Rice in January.”

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