In a scenario similar to that which saw United break the world transfer record to sign Paul Pogba from Juventus this summer, if the Red Devils move for Drinkwater, they would be attempting to re-sign a player whom they let go for a minimal fee four years ago.
Manchester-born Drinkwater came through United’s academy but never made an appearance for the first-team and, after a series of loan moves to lower division clubs, he was sold to Leicester for an undisclosed fee in the summer of 2012.
The 26-year-old central midfielder was a vital part of the Foxes’ unlikely Premier League title triumph last season, and has since earned widespread acclaim for his performances.
It is being reported today that United boss Mourinho views Drinkwater as the kind of midfielder needed in order to get the best out of Paul Pogba, and a January bid for the three-cap England international could be in the offing.
United will get a chance to run the rule over Drinkwater’s qualities on Saturday, when Leicester will be travelling to Old Trafford for the sixth Premier League matchday of the season.