In a clear U-turn, Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Bastian Schweinsteiger will have a role to play after another impressive performance against Wigan yesterday. Mourinho stated:
“He is staying and he is going on the Europa League list because we opened spaces with Depay and Schneiderlin leaving. We don’t have many players; in midfield we don’t have many options, so obviously he is an option… If he was a good professional when he was not playing, now he’s having some minutes and opportunities he’s going to be the same good professional. With so many matches and competitions, he’s going to be an option.”
Despite having been exiled, he could now reignite his Old Trafford career, though a summer exit still seems highly likely.
Mourinho did, however, confirm that the only exit could be Ashley Young. With speculation mounting, the manager revealed:
“The only player I’m aware of, who could possibly leave, I’m waiting just for 31 January to know really what is going on, but the only player I’m waiting for a decision on is Ashley Young. I would love to keep him. I’m not happy if he leaves but he’s the only player I was informed that there would be a possibility of him leaving. That’s why I didn’t play him and I gave chances to other people.”
The ex-England international has been a reliable option for the club since he joined from Aston Villa but is now on the fringes of the first team and could be allowed to leave.
Young may have been left out, but the Red Devils didn’t have any difficulty in seeing off the challenge of former reserve team boss Warren Joyce as his Wigan side fell to a 4-0 defeat. Mourinho reacted saying:
“We deserved to win. The first half was not very good but we managed to be 1-0 in front. The goal gave us a different second half, it gave us a chance at half-time to speak with the players and make them feel the first half was not good enough. We spoke about changing a few things in the dynamic of the team. The guys obviously accepted it well because the second half was much better.”
With the FA Cup draw on Monday night, Mourinho will be hoping for an easy draw with plenty of fixtures clogging up the United calendar.
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