Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho will allow disgruntled players to leave Old Trafford in the upcoming January transfer window should the “offer be correct” and insists he has no qualms in selling to a rival. The quotes come from the Portuguese ahead of his side’s clash with Crystal Palace this evening (Wednesday).
The two players in question are Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay. The pair are yet to start a Premier League game under the former Chelsea boss and both have attracted interest from domestic and European clubs alike. Everton is rumoured to be interested in the pair with West Brom also keen on the Frenchman according to reports while Depay has been linked with a move to Italian side Roma.
When asked about the prospect of Schneiderlin and Depay leaving Old Trafford, Mourinho said:
“I am always open to listen to offers for every player. More than listen to offers, I am always ready to listen to the players themselves.
“So any player who knocks on my door and is not happy and wants to move, when the offers are correct, I will never stop a player from leaving even if it is to a rival.”
After touching on selling to a rival, the Portuguese manager brought up the transfer of Juan Mata that he sanctioned to the Reds in 2014 when he was in charge of Chelsea.
“When [Juan] Mata left Chelsea to come to Manchester United [in 2014], in my mentality, [it’s] no problem at all. I am always open.”
Schneiderlin and Depay are just a couple of the players that Mourinho has allegedly frozen out since taking the job earlier this year. Bastian Schweinsteiger is also a player who has yet to start for the Reds and wasn’t even training with the first team until recently, however, he made his first appearance of the season in the 4-1 EFL Cup win over West Ham United last month. The way Mourinho handled Henrikh Mkhitaryan has also come under scrutiny although the Armenian seems to be flourishing following his adaptation to English football. The boss admits he is happy with his current crop of players and won’t force any player out of Old Trafford.
“Sometimes in matches – and matches is the place where the evaluation is real – you get disappointed with a performance.
“But in training, the professionalism and the way they do it, I can only say good things about everyone.
“I am happy with the squad I have. I would like my squad to be my squad until the end of the season and I am not going to any player to say, ‘You are going to leave’ because I am not happy, because I don’t want to have him.”
The Reds have two tough looking away fixtures on the bounce starting with Crystal Palace tonight before facing West Bromwich Albion at the weekend. United don’t play at Old Trafford again until Boxing Day when they welcome bottom side Sunderland.