Manchester United reportedly have £100 million plus to spend in January, according to The Guardian.

That should be exactly what manager Jose Mourinho wants to hear, after a fractious summer.

He has repeatedly complained at not being able to add to the United squad beyond his moves for Fred and Diogo Dalot.

So Mourinho will already be busy plotting potential transfer targets. To stand a chance to get them, he has a lot of hard work to do.

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The reported £100 million is a conditional promise. Mourinho will only get it if the board consider he is worth investing in.

The win at the weekend over Everton lifts United into eighth place. Despite a poor start to the season, we remain just five points back from fourth.

If we can remain in touch by January, then Mourinho will get his money.

Go backwards, and it’s a whole different scenario.

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If Mourinho finds United 10 points back from fourth spot when January arrives and out of the Champions League, then it becomes harder for the board to justify giving him money to spend.

The pressure will increase, and talk will continue as to whether Mourinho will even have a job next summer. Some outlets even claimed he was close to being fired earlier this month.

Mourinho has a lot of work to do between now and January to get United into a strong position.

A big transfer budget will make the team stronger. Mourinho has to demonstrate he should be trusted to spend it.

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