Jose Mourinho targets Fred as Michael Carrick's replacement at Manchester United

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At least Jose saw the funny side...

Meanwhile, Smalling has praised the longevity of United's defence after he started alongside Jones, Young, Antonio Valencia and David de Gea in the recent win against West Brom at the Hawthorns.

With United and other clubs lurking, Spurs midfielder Dele Alli will be given a new contract that doubles his salary.

The veteran midfielder has yet to feature in the league this season after he was forced to have a procedure on his heart.

And Mourinho could target him as a solution to the problematic United left-back situation.

A bit of sun to relax the body and mind before a hectic second half of the season, right?

Yahoo Sport claimed in December he was one of a number of options being considered by United ahead of the January window, named on a shortlist that also included Monaco's Thomas Lemar, Bordeaux starlet Malcom and Christian Pulisic of Borussia Dortmund.

Manchester United team went to Dubai for a training camp, the press service of the club reported.

The Belgian, fit again after a spell on the sidelines with a knee injury, will be a free agent at the end of the season if a new deal cannot be agreed.

United are set to trigger an option to extend his current deal by one year, but its said they would be open to allowing Blind leave the club if he asks.

'When you sit down and think how long it's been, it's fantastic. It's quite possible they might be returning to better weather in Manchester.

"They had top players out there, and at times, we outplayed them".

According to the Daily Star, Mourinho is not done trying to sign former Tottenham Hotspur star Gareth Bale from Real Madrid.

"It was a great feeling - but it's a great memory now".

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