Manchester United: Mourinho wants reunion with Chelsea star; midfielder to return; Carrick must wait

Jose Mourinho is said to be desperate for a reunion with one of his former Chelsea players, Brazilian winger Willian. The 28-year-old was the stand out performer in Mourinho’s final season at Stamford Bridge as many others disappointed, but now finds himself on the bench after struggling to get back into the team.

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The Manchester Evening News say that the Red Devils may launch a £40 million bid in January in an attempt to persuade him that he would be better off with guaranteed first team football at Old Trafford under a manager he knows and trusts.

In an unexpected twist, Bastian Schweinsteiger could be set for a return to Premier League action against West Ham on Sunday as Bild report that he was one of 19 players to be involved in the final training session ahead of the fixture at Old Trafford. It is the first time that Schweinsteiger has been so involved one month on from rejoining the first team.

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The 32-year-old had been banished to the under 23s and is still expected to leave in January with a move to the MLS the most likely scenario for the German World Cup winner as he nears the end of his career.

Amid talk of a new contract offer for midfielder Michael Carrick, the Manchester Evening News report that Jose Mourinho will wait until the final moment to decide whether or not the 35-year-old can manage three games in one week having played last week and in midweek against Feyenoord in the Europa League.

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The former Hammer has been hugely effective alongside Paul Pogba and Ander Herrera in the heart of the United midfield and will be desperate to play against his former club.

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