Saturday 24 March 2018

Jose Mourinho: I will play the kids before I play Bastian Schweinsteiger

Mourinho: “I think it’s very difficult for Schweinsteiger to play this season.
Mourinho: “I think it’s very difficult for Schweinsteiger to play this season." Photo: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Luke Edwards

Jose Mourinho is adamant he would rather promote young players from the academy than play Bastian Schweinsteiger after the German refused to be forced out of Manchester United.

Mourinho has emphatically told the 32-year-old that he does not feature in his first-team plans, but rather than look for a new club, Schweinsteiger - who has two years left on his contract - released a statement this week saying he had no desire to leave.

That has not impressed Mourinho.

"If we have any kind of problem or opportunity, I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to accelerate their process by bringing them up," said Mourinho, whose side travel to Hull today.

"I think it's very difficult for Schweinsteiger to play this season. I'm not saying it's impossible. We have a decision made about Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Carrick. That's five players for two positions. It's very, very difficult that an opportunity will arise.

"I have spoken to him about it. It's his life. It's his career."

Mourinho, though, has reassured Marcus Rashford that he will get enough first-team football to continue his rapid development despite the arrival of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"Marcus will play a lot," said Mourinho. "We didn't buy more strikers. Zlatan is playing and Marcus is striker No 2 at the moment. For an 18-year-old boy, he is amazing."

Mourinho is not expecting any late drama in the transfer market, unless a club come in for Schweinsteiger, with Juan Mata expected to stay, even though he is another senior player who is no longer guaranteed regular first-team football.

With the added burden of the Europa League, United are going to need a big squad and Mourinho said he was pleased they had been drawn in a tough group with Fenerbahce and Feyenoord "as it will be like the Champions League". (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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