Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson is ready to snap up Jose Mourinho's cast-offs at Real Madrid. The Manchester Evening News says United are poised to swoop for Real Madrid's superstars with Jose Mourinho's appointment about to spark a fire sale.
The former Chelsea boss, who will take over at the Bernabeu in the next few days after coach Manuel Pellegrini was sacked last night, is certain to tear up the Galactico blueprint - and that's put United on red alert.
The concern for United is that with Mourinho's appointment not yet rubber-stamped, the players up for grabs may not become immediately clear.
And with the World Cup only 15 days away, the big fear for Fergie, who would prefer to have any marquee signing in for pre-season training, is that transfer market may not get into full swing until late summer.