Mourinho won't move for a defender at Man United despite Bailly absence

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has claimed that the club are not in the market for a defender in January -- despite the loss of Eric Bailly to the African Nations Cup with Ivory Coast.

Southampton centre-back Jose Fonte has submitted a transfer request at his club, and sources close to United told ESPN FC in December that Mourinho could fast-track attempts to sign Benfica defender Victor Lindelof.

Speaking to reporters on Friday, Mourinho was asked if he would be shopping for a defender this month. The United manager replied: "No, I wait for Bailly. I hope the three [Chris Smalling, Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo] can control the situation in those eight matches.

"I will try to rest one in every game. On Saturday, I will rest one [against Reading in the FA Cup], against Hull [in the EFL Cup on Tuesday] another -- and we'll try to make a rotation between these three.

"We still have Daley Blind as the fourth defender in case we need him to play there and we also have Michael Carrick, so let's try."