Thursday 22 March 2018

It will cost Man United a small fortune if Jose Mourinho opts to dump one of their aging superstars

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time at Manchester United appears to be on the verge of ending
Bastian Schweinsteiger's time at Manchester United appears to be on the verge of ending
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Manchester United's summer clear-out has started but it is still uncertain as to who Jose Mourinho will cull from the squad.

Initial rumblings seemed to indicate that the Special One had decided to cut ties with midfielder Juan Mata - as he did at Chelsea - but a recent report claims that Mourinho is considering keeping the Spaniard along with misfiring duo Daley Blind and Marouane Fellaini.

Read more: Jose Mourinho could be about to offer a lifeline to three out of form Man United stars

Another playing in the firing line is midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger. The German legend arrived at Old Trafford last July as an injury ravaged imitation of the central midfielder who bossed the previous summer's World Cup final and he struggled to make an impact in the Premier League.

Many were surprised when Germany boss Jogi Low included him in his Euro 2016 squad - and even more shocked when Schweinsteiger featured prominently for Die Mannschaft.

The World Cup and Champions League winner did little in France to convince Jose Mourinho that he is worth a place in his remodelled Manchester United squad, and the Red Devils hierarchy will have a tough decision to make as to whether to release the player.

It is unlikely that Schweinsteiger will have much of a market value after such a poor campaign, and The Sun are reporting that United will have to pay the German €16.9m to buy him out of the final two years of his contract.

The Old Trafford club have deeper pockets than almost anyone but even they might baulk about spending that kind of money just to get rid of Schweinsteiger.

Mourinho has a history of invigorating veterans - most notably at Inter Milan - so it will be interesting to see whether Schweinsteiger - if he stays - is rejuvenated in his second Premier League season.

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