Man United considering stunning move for 33-year-old World Cup hero

Defender Andreas Granqvist has reportedly emerged as a surprise potential target for Manchester United.

Manager Jose Mourinho was left frustrated during the summer transfer window, with the Portuguese unable to bring in any of his desired targets to improve the side’s backline.

However, according to Fotboll Direkt, United are considering an approach for Granqvist once the winter window opens in January.

Granqvist recently skippered Sweden to the quarter-finals of the World Cup, but the centre-back is now 33 years of age and struggled to make an impact for Wigan Athletic during the 2007-08 campaign.

The veteran is currently at Helsingborg but it has been claimed that United – as well as Zenit St Petersburg and Lokomotiv Moscow – hold an interest in the player.

Meanwhile, Jose Mourinho has suggested that he will consider bringing Memphis Depay back to Manchester United if the Dutch winger continues his current form for Lyon.

Depay was sold to the Ligue 1 side in a £16m deal a year-and-a-half ago – half the amount United, then managed by Louis van Gaal, paid to PSV Eindhoven – after failing to make the grade in his two seasons at Old Trafford.

The 24-year-old has got his career back on track in France, however, and he produced a promising display on his return to Manchester in midweek as Lyon stunned Manchester City at the Etihad Stadium.

Amid talk of a buyback clause being inserted in Depay’s contract, Mourinho admitted that he would like to see the 39-cap Netherlands international realise his full potential with the Red Devils.