Jose Mourinho has dropped the strongest hint yet that players will be sold at Manchester United this summer.
Speaking after the game, Mourinho confirmed any player who has been given game time is in his plans which intimates anybody who hasn’t been could be on the way out.
He said: “Well if they were not in my plans I would not give them one single minute. I wouldn’t keep them in my squad. The squad is very competitive, the squad is very important for the season. The other day I was telling them we have 38 matches in the Premier League, we have the possibility of 15 matches in the Europa League plus the domestic cups. We are going to play 60 matches and you cannot do that with 11 players.
“To be in the squad you have to understand that the squad is more important than the individual, the club is more important than all of us and to be in the squad you have to be ready for this: to play, not to play, play a lot, play less, play 90 minutes, play one minute, not be selected. Everything is part of squad life. And when you want to be in a big club like we are, the club is much more important than us.”
Januzaj exploded onto the scene much like Marcus Rashford but has since had two seasons of stagnation including last year’s dreadful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund. I’d hate to see him sold but wouldn’t mind him leaving on a loan spell which actually proved beneficial.
As for Schweinsteiger, I think it’d be strange for United to cut their losses on him after only one year. We should give him one more to see if he can return to his best and let him go at that point if he can’t re-find that form but it looks like Mourinho has other ideas.
Players leaving United was inevitable this summer because Mourinho wasn’t going to keep all of Louis van Gaal‘s men and simply add his own into the mix. How many could leave remains to be seen but the likes of Paddy McNair, Will Keane, Andreas Pereira, James Wilson and Tyler Blackett also face an exit.