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Manchester United Transfer News: Latest on Morgan Schneiderlin, Top Rumours

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2016

ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - SEPTEMBER 15:  Morgan Schneiderlin of Manchester United is put under pressure by Karim El Ahmadi and Jens Toornstra of Feyenoord during the UEFA Europa League Group A match between Feyenoord and Manchester United FC at Feijenoord Stadion on September 15, 2016 in Rotterdam, .  (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is reportedly keen to sell midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin, who has flopped at Old Trafford since signing from Southampton in 2015.

In an exclusive for the Sun, Daniel Cutts has quoted an unnamed United insider who stated Schneiderlin's time at Old Trafford appears as good as up: “Morgan’s future is very uncertain at the club. He’s barely played a game this season. He has played against Fenerbahce and Northampton, but injuries among other things have stopped his progress."

Schneiderlin has had trouble staying fit this season, with Cutts noting how the 26-year-old has made just four appearances, despite counting on getting more minutes during his second campaign with the Reds.

Interestingly, the insider appeared to claim how the arrival of Mourinho hasn't helped Schneiderlin's cause: “He’s clearly very talented, but things haven’t really worked out for him since Jose came in.”

Mourinho succeeded Louis van Gaal, the man who signed Schneiderlin from the Saints for an initial fee of £24 million a year ago. He joined alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, another midfielder who has struggled with injuries and been frozen out since the Portuguese took charge.

Van Gaal trusted Schneiderlin, but Mourinho has viewed the player differently.
Van Gaal trusted Schneiderlin, but Mourinho has viewed the player differently.OLI SCARFF/Getty Images

At the time, United appeared to have pulled off a coup by beating Premier League rivals Arsenal to Schneiderlin's signature. The French enforcer had been heavily tipped to join the Gunners, per Tom Dutton of the London Evening Standard.

Things haven't worked out for Schneiderlin since, yet it's still a surprise he can't find a role on Mourinho's watch. After all, the former Saints ace boasts the tough tackling and defensive instincts the Red Devils boss' pragmatic coaching often favours.

However, the former Chelsea manager has chosen a host of players ahead of Schneiderlin to underpin midfield and protect United's back four. Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick have all been given starts, while the France international has been forgotten.

One problem might be Schneiderlin's natural lack of pace. He's also not the most forward-thinking in possession.

Still, it's easy to believe United won't be short of suitors if Mourinho commits to moving on from one of his predecessor's big-money buys.

                             

United Rivalled by Bayern Munich in Romelu Lukaku Chase

Bayern Munich are reportedly rivalling United for £65 million-rated Everton striker Romelu Lukaku. The prolific Belgian attacker is on the radar of both clubs, but it's the Bundesliga giants who are said to be showing the strongest interest.

United know there's competition but still retain a keen interest of their own in Lukaku, according to Marc Williams of the Daily Star: "It is understood United boss Jose Mourinho is keeping a close eye on him and his Toffees team-mate Seamus Coleman ahead of another summer spending spree at the end of the season."

Lukaku is wanted by a host of big clubs.
Lukaku is wanted by a host of big clubs.Alex Livesey/Getty Images

Williams added that Lukaku's desire to play in the UEFA Champions League could ultimately harm Everton's chances of keeping the player. Of course, United have to earn the right to return to Europe's top table by finishing in the top four this season, unlike Bayern, who are a regular fixture in the Champions League.

The Sun's Ken Lawrence explained how Munich had scouts in attendance at Everton's recent 1-1 draw away to Manchester City. It was a game in which Lukaku scored a terrific solo opener, a contribution that wowed Bayern head of recruitment Michael Reschke, per the report.

The same article also detailed how Bayern will continue keeping tabs on the Toffees striker: "Bayern, under former Chelsea chief Carlo Ancelotti, will now spend all term watching the barnstorming Belgian striker, 23, who has nine goals already this season."

Lukaku is meriting the attention he's getting, but Mourinho once sold him while in charge at Chelsea. If he's had a change of heart, he may view the 23-year-old as the ideal successor to 35-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic as United's long-term talisman up front.

Mourinho wasn't convinced by Lukaku at Chelsea.
Mourinho wasn't convinced by Lukaku at Chelsea.Richard Heathcote/Getty Images

Mourinho is still shaping his squad, so more new arrivals should be expected, as should seeing a few more members of the old regime jettisoned.

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