Jose Mourinho’s side have won their last nine matches and it’s no coincidence that Michael Carrick’s reemergence has seen an upturn in results.
However, the 35-year-old is out of contract in the summer and Mourinho views France U21 international Bakayoko as Carrick’s ideal replacement.
Chelsea, though, are also keen and United risk losing out on the Frenchman if they wait until the summer.
According to ESPN, United fear Chelsea’s interest in Bakayoko could spark a bidding war and they may fast-track their move for the midfielder by making a bid this month.
The Red Devils could hold an advantage in the race to sign Bakayoko as they have good relations with Monaco, having dealt with the Ligue 1 club over deals for Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial.
Manchester United fixtures
Liverpool (H) – Sun 15 Jan Stoke (A) – Sat 21 Jan Hull – EFL Cup (A) – Thu 26 Jan Wigan – FA Cup (H) – Sat 28 Jan Hull (H) – Wed 1 Feb Leicester (A) – Sun 5 Feb Watford (H) – Sat 11 Feb St-Etienne – Europa (H) – Thu 16 Feb St-Etienne – Europa (A) – Wed 22 Feb
Mourinho suggested earlier today that he would wait until the summer to conduct the bulk of his transfer business but interest elsewhere could sway his plans.