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Manchester United: Bid for struggling winger; how Zlatan secured Pogba deal; Schweinsteiger update

The legacy of Louis Van Gaal’s time at Old Trafford has both its positives and negatives, and one of those negatives was the signing of Memphis Depay from PSV last summer. Having struggled to feature under Jose Mourinho, Depay has played only six minutes of Premier League action this campaign, less than half an hour in the Europa League and less than an hour in the EFL Cup and struggled to even make the bench on many occasions. Now, the Daily Star claim that AC Milan could come to his rescue with a £24 million bid for the left-sided attacker.

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The move would initially take the form of a loan switch in January to rescue him from his Old Trafford nightmare before becoming permanent in the summer. It seems that the deal would be agreeable for United, with Depay not featuring for Mourinho and the fee likely to recoup most of the £25 million they paid for him just over a year ago. The Dutch international would likely be open to the move as he seeks to kick start his career aged just 22.

This summer’s marquee signing, Paul Pogba, got off the mark with his first goal since returning to Manchester against Leicester City this weekend, and the Manchester Evening News are now reporting of how free transfer signing Zlatan Ibrahimovic helped to seal the deal to bring the Frenchman to join him under Jose Mourinho. Mino Raiola has reportedly told reporters that the Swede, also his client, made it very clear to him that Pogba had to sign for United, saying:

Don’t transfer Pogba elsewhere or I’ll break your legs.

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The pair have worked well together in the opening weeks of the campaign, though it is certainly the former PSG striker who has enjoyed the better form of the two since arriving in the summer. Raiola told reporters that he believes that Pogba is best suited to a left attacking midfielder role, whilst Mourinho has currently preferred to play him in more of a central midfield position, though he showed huge improvements when playing alongside Ander Herrera to give him increased freedom to roam forwards and influence the attacking play of the side against the Foxes at the weekend.

The Manchester Evening News have also provided the latest news on Bastian Schweinsteiger’s situation as his former team mate on the international stage, Lukas Podolski, has spoken of a possible move to the MLS in the United States, telling Bild:

I think America is great. Moving abroad is good for personality development and it would be good for our children. Clearly it would be possible to play with Schweinsteiger in the states.

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Schweinsteiger has been banished to train with the club’s under-23 team since returning to training in July, yet Jose Mourinho has not allowed him to be considered as one of the team’s allocated overage players for any of their Premier League 2 fixtures in the current campaign with a January move seeming inevitable.

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