Mourinho unlikely to change stance on Schweinsteiger

Bastian Schweinsteiger seems unlikely to feature for Manchester United this season, after Jose Mourinho explained he has several options in midfield.

German international Schweinsteiger joined the Reds last summer and made 31 appearances in all competitions, but he has been frozen out since Mourinho replaced Louis van Gaal ahead of the current campaign. The Portuguese coach has no place for the 32-year-old in his plans at Old Trafford, and has instructed the former Bayern Munich man to train with the reserves.

Schweinsteiger still has two years remaining on the contract he signed a little more than 12 months ago, and this week he ruled out a move to another European club and insisted he would be ready should United call upon his services. But with an abundance of talent in his midfield options, Mourinho has revealed it would be highly unlikely that the player’s situation will improve.

“I think it’s very difficult to happen,” said Mourinho ahead of the trip to Hull City on Saturday. “I’m not saying it’s impossible. I’m saying it’s very difficult. We have a decision completely made about (Paul) Pogba, (Ander) Herrera, (Morgan) Schneiderlin, (Marouane) Fellaini and Michael Carrick. We have five players for two positions. It’s very difficult that an opportunity will arrive.

“I have 23 players in the squad and in principle nobody is leaving, because I don’t want anyone to leave. No-one is coming and 23 players are more than enough. If we have any kind of problem or any kind opportunity, I have a few young players in the academy that I will be more than happy to give an acceleration in that process and to bring them up now and again.”

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