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Mourinho hints at regret over selling Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger

Date Posted,April 29, 2017

Jose Mourinho, the Manchester United manager, has admitted he would have preferred not to sell Morgan Schneiderlin and Bastian Schweinsteiger.

The Red Devils are suffering something of a midfield crisis with Paul Pogba injured and Marouane Fellaini suspended, leaving veteran Michael Carrick and Ander Herrera as the only senior midfielders available to Mourinho at a crucial stage of the season.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah, a late substitute in Thursday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester City, is also a fitness concern after picking up an injury in the closing stages of that match, report the Manchester Evening News.

Mourinho could’ve done with back-up players of the calibre of Schneiderlin and Schweinsteiger but the Portuguese let both men go midway through the season because they made it clear that they wanted to leave.

Morgan Schneiderlin joined Everton from United… (Photo: Jan Kruger/Getty Images)
… while Bastian Schweinsteiger signed for MLS side Chicago Fire (Photo: Getty Images North America)

Schneiderlin left United in a £22million move to Everton in January while Schweinsteiger joined MLS team Chicago Fire last month. Reserves midfielder Sean Goss also departed in January to move to Queens Park Rangers and Mourinho acknowledged allowing them to leave was a dilemma.

“Our decision, our decision,” Mourinho stressed of the decision to let them leave. “To have lots of players without playing is something that the players don’t want.

“We didn’t tell Morgan, ‘We want to sell you’, Morgan asked and said, ‘Please sell me, I want to go and play every game.’ So sometimes there is always this dilemma of keep a bigger squad, but then the players don’t want to stay.

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