With their incoming transfers seemingly completed for this summer, bar the possible purchase of Southampton’s Jose Fonte, Manchester United are likely turning their attention to the players whose services are no longer required at Old Trafford.
Certainly among those players are Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has been training with the club’s U23’s over the last fortnight since returning from his post-Euro 2016 summer break. Jose Mourinho has made it clear that the German international who is a fans’ favorite is not in his plans for this season, and hasn’t selected him for any of his matchday squads.
Be interesting to see if Schweinsteiger stays in PL amid interest from English clubs. Still think he'd be better suited in Italy #mufc
— James Ducker (@TelegraphDucker) August 10, 2016
To his credit, Schweinsteiger has remained exceptionally classy throughout this ordeal:
— Basti Schweinsteiger (@BSchweinsteiger) August 7, 2016
Marcos Rojo is another expected to be pushed out of the club before August is over. The Argentine has surely become surplus to requirements as it is, and is already behind new signing Eric Bailly and Daley Blind, who isn’t a centre back but has impressed Mourinho so much in his opening weeks at the club that the Portuguese is happy to continue using him in the same role that Louis van Gaal did last season.
Rojo also has to contend with the returning Chris Smalling and Phil Jones, with the latter’s future also up in the air. Rojo can also act as a left back but Luke Shaw is expected to make the role his own this season. Duncan Castles suggested that Rojo turned down a move to China already this summer, which won’t help United’s efforts:
“Shanghai SIPG – coached by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson – moved to add the Argentina international to a squad that already includes Brazil striker Hulk, but Rojo does not wish to swap the Premier League for Asian football.
United are also waiting to see if Hull City will intensify their efforts to convince Phil Jones to join the newly-promoted club on a year’s loan.”
Last on this list is Sam Jonhstone, who will surely get the move he needs this summer. The 23-year old has spent the last 5 seasons on loan at a host of clubs, and sits behind both David de Gea and Sergio Romero in the first team stakes.), and Joel Pereira impressing for the reserves.
“Obviously, you never know when a chance might come but, on the other hand, I do need to play football.
“I’ve been on loan in previous seasons and enjoyed it, playing men’s football for points in front of crowds. You can’t beat that.
“But, like I’ve said, I’m here and, every time I step on the pitch, I’m here to do a job and hopefully show the manager what I can do and push Sergio and David.”