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Mourinho after Muller in the summer, perhaps they mean an actual yoghurt

The transfer window has been closed for two weeks now and already the rumours are lining up with players linked to Manchester United next summer, which is a long time ahead in the future. The Sun, the ever (un)reliable newspaper *cough* have today followed up on a report from earlier in the week that Bayern Munich forward Thomas Müller us a target for Jose Mourinho. The player effectively snubbed United two years ago to remain at the Allianz Arena and in all honesty, due to the length of time he has played for the Bavarian club. it is unlikely that he will up and leave for the Premier League. Müller is a great player, one with world-class tendencies, but for him to be a target of Mourinho just seems pretty weird with Antoine Griezmann the type of player needed.

The ever (un)reliable newspaper has suggested that the World Cup winning forward has fallen out with Bayern manager Carlo Ancelotti and is frustrated because he is left on the bench most of the time. Looking at the stats of the player this season, most of the time he has started for the club, coming off the bench in the 2-0 victory over Werder Bremen and in the 3-0 victory over Anderlecht in the UEFA Champions League earlier this week. If Müller is frustrated at being left on the bench, which from a starting position has happened twice in six competitive matches so far this season, it makes the reports look very baseless at this moment in time.

The reports of Müller and Ancelotti falling out could well be true with James Rodriguez favoured by the Italian over the German forward, according to The Sun at least and with the Italian coach seemingly out of the door this summer with Bayern seeking Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann, it has been suggested that Müller is still seeking a new challenge, with the Premier League the destination of the player. The Sun has suggested that sources close to the player have confirmed this, but that is easy to put into words without backing it up with any facts whatsoever. Müller is a decent player and two years ago he could have made the difference for United, but I am sure Mourinho and United will be looking elsewhere to fill positions next summer.

The only quotes from the player reported in the article are from German magazine Kicker with Müller confirming that in the summer of 2015 with United under the management of Louis van Gaal, he was tempted to turn his back on the Bundesliga and move to the Premier League. It would seem that today is a slow news day so a re-report of click bait pushed out earlier in the week was put out for us all to see again, which is pathetic journalism. It would suggest to me that The Sun and their band of merry men know nothing about anything, seemingly putting rubbish like this together, which in effect has a lot of words but does not really confirm anything. Müller, speaking to Kicker, said:

“There was a stage when the subject arose two years ago when I considered it but then the club immediately backed me and I was told I belong here.

“I didn’t have to think about it a great deal after Bayern said; ‘We are counting on you, you are an important man for us’.”

One thing is for sure, Manchester United will be seeking players in the summer transfer window, that happens every year so you could say The Sun have that part right – the rest is all fictitious click bait to give the football supporter something to read. I hate journalism like this, faceless, fact less and just pointless. The Sun should be banned from putting rubbish like this out there. The media are supposed to be there to inform and relay fact, now it just seems to be supposition based on nothing but a lame rumour printed days before by the same newspaper and possibly even the same journalist, but I use that label loosely.

Manchester United linked to Thomas Muller but it is not what it seems

Manchester United could reportedly relaunch their pursuit for Bayern Munich forward Thomas Muller this summer after the Bundesliga champions signed James Rodriguez from Real Madrid on loan on a two-year deal. The Mirror and The Daily Star have reported the claims, which seem to come from the former, somewhat a hypothetical comment in an article entitled ‘What James Rodriguez’s move to Bayern Munich could mean for Alexis Sanchez, Alvaro Morata, Kylian Mbappe and more‘. The article gets to the point with a sub-headline, ‘United reignite Muller interest’, which gives the hypothetical suggestion of United reigniting their previous interest in the German attacking midfielder. The article states:

“There has been interest for a number of years – but could this be the summer Manchester United finally move for Thomas Muller? Remarkably, the German’s future is again in question having barely played under Carlo Ancelotti last term. United would have to pay a big fee to get Muller but in terms of productivity and goals, there are few better in his position. Bayern would be foolish to let him go but don’t rule out Jose making a move.”

United were interested in Muller under the management of Louis van Gaal, but with Jose Mourinho arriving at the club last summer, the interest seemed to have died. The Portuguese manager is trying to sign Inter Milan winger Ivan Perisic and despite different reports stating that either United are closing in on the player or Inter are looking to hold onto the player, asking for a very high price should the transfer actually be sanctioned. Mourinho may have to start to look at secondary options and Muller might actually be on that list this summer. I doubt it but you never know.

Muller made 42 appearances for Bayern Munich last season, despite the hypothetical report in The Mirror stating that Muller barely played under Carlo Ancelotti last season, which cannot be something which was researched which underlines the quality of ‘journalism’ in England. It makes you wonder why these people, who are obviously paid for their work do a half-arsed job at hand, alluding to something which is probably not happening – all for the sake of attracting hits to their advert filled national newspaper websites. I thought journalism from about informing people, rather than making something up without suitable information, therefore peddling a fake rumour just to earn some cash.

Muller would no doubt be a great signing but Bayern Munich runs through his veins and it is doubtful he will ever leave the Allianz Arena, so this suggestion is nothing but click-bait journalism, which does seem to be the norm these days. Some journalists get paid a living to write fabricated drivel like this, then before you know it, a foreign site makes the report and then English sites start to report from the foreign report, a massive deal is made of nothing and supporters become frustrated and agitated because they believe the reports, hardly anyone looks back into a rumour to find the starting point and then sections of supporters call for the manager to be sacked because the player did not come to the club, the player who the club were probably never interested in. Roll on the 31st August or that day Mourinho announces his transfer business has been concluded.

copyright: JW