Out of favour Man United midfielder could be a January bargain


Halloween hasn’t even arrived yet, but you can be sure that Premier League managers up and down the country will already be planning their options for when January’s transfer window opens up.

With seven games played, teams should have a good gauge now of where they’re at, plus who and what they do and don’t need.

For Manchester United, one player they are seemingly happy without is Morgan Schneiderlin.

The ex-Southampton midfielder has failed to hit the heights since moving from the south coast club for £25m in 2015, and doesn’t seem to be in Jose Mourinho’s plans.

Schneiderlin has made just one Premier League appearance this term, and that was a five-minute cameo against Bournemouth on the opening day of the season.

The 26-year-old hasn’t even been on the bench for the last three league games.

Another cameo saw Schneiderlin on the pitch for just two minutes in the Community Shield win, with only a full 90 minutes in the Europa League to his name, and 73 minutes in the EFL Cup.

So with January coming up, the United outcast appears to be one of the best players who could be available and if Mourinho is keen to sell, the French international could come at a cut-price.

It’s not hard to believe the Frenchman can rediscover his Southampton form elsewhere, and the likes of Everton and West Ham could be ideal destinations.

Another potential move is to Leicester, with reports suggesting United may tempt the Foxes’ arm with a bid to Danny Drinkwater.

Should that happen, it’s been reported that Foxes’ boss Claudio Ranieri would try and agree a swap deal which sees Schneiderlin join the reigning Premier League champions.

It wouldn’t be the first time United have been involved in a big-money swapper, with Keith Gillespie famously joining Newcastle as Andy Cole headed to Old Trafford in 1995.

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