Manchester United’s 4-1 win over West Ham United on Wednesday night was highly enjoyable for fans of the club. Given United’s recent tribulations in the Premier League, the EFL Cup quarter-final win was most welcome. United face Hull City in the semi-final, meaning Mourinho’s men are just two games away from a return to Wembley.
The win also came courtesy of some excellent attacking football. Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Anthony Martial both bagged a brace each, with the Frenchman’s goals pleasing given his struggles so far this season. Henrikh Mkhitaryan also impressed in his third start for the club and will be pushing for a start against Everton this coming weekend. Wayne Rooney impressed again looking some distance from the form that plagued him a few months ago.
The late introduction of Bastian Schweinsteiger as a substitute for Martial brought Old Trafford to its feet. The former Germany captain hasn’t played for the club since last March’s Manchester derby at the Etihad. Exiled from the first team by Mourinho, his return was a heartwarming moment for a player regarded as a footballing legend.
Bastian To Santos?
Of course, that doesn’t stop rumours as to where Schweinsteiger will end up once his two-year deal with United runs out or if he’ll even stick around to see that contract to its completion. The Sunbreport that Brazilian side Santos have added their name to the list of teams interested in signing the German. Santos boss Doroval Junior offered the following:
“My idea, and I’ve tried to convince the board of Santos, is that the Santos need a player with worldwide recognition. We’ve been looking at names at European clubs who are suddenly not are being used and who could fit this profile.”
It’s a tough sell. Schweinsteiger’s wages the biggest problem United had in moving the German on last summer. Whilst his involvement with the German national team is over, Schweinsteiger is not done with top-level football yet. After Wednesday, there’s a chance, however small, that Mourinho may want to keep the former Bayern captain around Old Trafford.