Manchester United are keen to offload Bastian Schweinsteiger this summer, according to the Sun.
The report suggests Mourinho has identified Schweinsteiger as one of the team’s expendable players as he looks to mold the squad into his vision.
The 31-year-old midfielder only joined United last summer to reunite with Louis Van Gaal at Old Trafford, but now that Jose Mourinho has replaced the Dutchman, Schweinsteiger’s future looks increasingly uncertain.
Schweinsteiger endured an injury-plagued season, but even when he was available for selection, his performances were far from convincing. He didn’t provide the leadership and world-class quality the United fans were expecting of him.
Schweinsteiger’s potential exit wouldn’t be surprising. His impact at United has been minimal and if the club wants to get back to the top, the injury-prone players should be offloaded.
None of United’s midfielders impressed last season. However, most of them are more likely to stay than not.
Schneiderlin and Herrera could do pretty well in Mourinho’s energetic system. Carrick is 34 years old, but was still United’s most reliable midfielder throughout last season and his contract is reportedly set to be renewed.
Things look very different for Fellaini and Schweinsteiger. The Belgian wouldn’t fit into Mourinho’s counter-attacking style of play and his aerial abilities wouldn’t be needed with Ibrahimovic in the team, whereas Schweinsteiger’s injury problems are likely to cut short his stay at United.