Jose Mourinho drops hint that Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj will leave

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It's fair to say Manchester United have had a more eventful close season than most. 

Jose Mourinho's arrival has prompted numerous changes at the club, so many United fans will be interested to hear their new manager's thinking behind his latest squad selection. 

The Red Devils travelled to Zlatan Ibrahimovic's native Sweden for a friendly with Galatasaray, a game which they won 5-2 after Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Wayne Rooney joined the club's new superstar striker on the scoresheet. 


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However, there were also some notable absentees from the teamsheet, with speculation continuing that Mourinho is preparing to axe several notable players. 

Two big names

And the Portuguese boss has now all but confirmed that those who weren't included in the squad were left out because they aren't part of his plans. That includes Bastian Schweinsteiger and Adnan Januzaj, who now seem destined for the Old Trafford exit. 

"If they (the missing players) were not in my plans I would not give them one single minute, I would not keep them in my squad," he told MUTV, in an interview brought to our attention by the Manchester Evening News. 

"The most important thing was to play to give minutes to the players," he added. 

"The ones that played less than 30 minutes and there are others who have played 60 or 65, they need to play."

Mourinho's message

United's pre-season preparations were disrupted by the trip to China, which saw their friendly against Manchester City cancelled because of bad weather.

The Galatasaray fixture gave Mourinho a chance to hand out some game time, but Schweinsteiger and Januzaj were just sent a clear message about their futures, or lack of them, at United.

If they were left in any doubt before, then now it's been made crystal clear that it's time for the pair to move on. 

Have United made the right decision on Januzaj and Schweinsteiger? 

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