Jose Mourinho set to trim his Manchester United squad in January – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho is set to reduce the number of players in his squad during the January transfer window, according to reports.

The 53-year-old has previously noted how the current size of the Manchester United squad – 23 outfield players plus three goalkeepers – exceeds the number he normally prefers.

A squad of 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers serves as Mourinho’s favoured number of first-team, falling in line with the preferred squad sizes of Carlo Ancelotti and Jupp Heynckes.

And according to M.E.N’s Rob Dawson, Mourinho is willing to offload Wayne Rooney, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin in order to reach his desired number.

Mourinho’s decision to offload Schweinsteiger, ostracised from the first-team since day one, comes as little surprise. The German has not even breached the first team squad since the 53-year-old’s arrival in June, and his future almost certainly lies somewhere else.

The prospect of Rooney and Schneiderlin departing, on the other hand, is more striking. Mourinho, on more than one occasion, has stressed Rooney’s importance to the squad, citing the influence he has in the dressing room as a fundamental asset he brings to the side.

Schneiderlin’s predicament is far more ambiguous: the Frenchman currently sits behind Paul Pogba, Marouane Fellaini, Ander Herrera and Michael Carrick in the midfield pecking order. Whether he can stake a claim for some game time at Old Trafford this season – he has only made three appearances under Mourinho – remains to be seen.

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