Jose Mourinho has told Bastian Schweinsteiger that he has no future at Manchester United and the German World Cup winner is now expected to leave Old Trafford before the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
Mourinho held a meeting with a number of the first-team squad earlier today but Schweinsteiger is undoubtedly the highest-profile casualty on what is being described by the Daily Mail as “clear-out Thursday”.
The 31-year-old suffered an injury-plagued first season at the Theatre of Dreams, making 31 appearances in all competitions for the Red Devils, and often looked a shadow of the world-class midfielder who helped Germany and Bayern Munich dominate matches for the best part of a decade.
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However, finding a buyer willing to pay Schweinsteiger’s £160,000-a-week wages could prove an issue.
Given how he performed at United last season, the Premier League giants may require him to agree a pay cut elsewhere in order to get him off the wage bill.
Borthwick-Jackson and Fosu-Mensah not in Jose's plans
The Mail also report that Mourinho has told youngsters Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah they’re not in his plans for the coming season.
Both defenders impressed under Louis van Gaal last season but Mourinho reportedly doesn’t believe either player is ready for first-team action at Old Trafford this term.
Pereira and Wilson to go out on loan
Andreas Pereira and James Wilson, meanwhile, have been told to go out and gain first-team experience on loan.
Four others could also leave
Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are also likely to leave Old Trafford, either on loan deals or permanently.
All nine players trained with the United Under-21s, rather than the first team, at Carrington today.
None of the aforementioned players are likely to be involved in the Red Devils’ next pre-season friendly against Galatasaray in Gothenburg on Saturday.
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