Some would argue transfer reporting is a fine art, combining sparse sources and reading between the lines to anticipate deals that Premier League clubs would prefer to keep under wraps until the final minute.

Others like myself however, would suggest that it’s all guess work and fabrications that start with a Daily Mail intern copy-boy and end up on Sky Sports News by the end of the day – especially surrounding the January window, a time of year that always accommodates for the audacious and the absurd.

And just to prove it’s about as predictable as a back-room snail marathon, here’s SIX ridiculous rumours from the January window involving Manchester United.

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