Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly told Ed Woodward to accelerate the movement on two major signings as he seeks to address the Christmas slump.

Reports in the press this morning say that Mourinho has identified Mesut Ozil of Arsenal and Danny Rose of Tottenham as two players that he may be able to bring to Old Trafford in a difficult month for transfers between top clubs.

Ozil is out of contract at the end of the season and is now able to discuss terms with potential suitors overseas; however it is fairly well known that his preference is to join United to reunite with Mourinho. Arsene Wenger’s stance on losing the German may have softened if the Gunners are able to acquire a decent fee, rather than lose him for nothing.

The playmaker appears to be a player central to Mourinho’s hopes of re-igniting the goalscoring spark in his team.

Like Ozil, Danny Rose also seems destined for an exit and Tottenham seem open to the idea of selling him. This matter is complicated by Luke Shaw’s presence and run in the first team; Shaw hasn’t disappointed and has in fact been one of the better performers in December, but he has looked understandably anxious and his presence in the run of three draws which have dragged United back into a Champions League qualification race is unlikely to have convinced Mourinho that he has a long term future at the club.

Mourinho has been an admirer of Rose for some time and may be able to convince Spurs to sell for a fee over £40m.