Jose Mourinho has claimed that he will not stop Morgan Schneiderlin from leaving Manchester United ahead of the January transfer window.
The 53-year-old confirmed earlier today that Schneiderlin, yet to make a Premier League start this season, had personally asked for an opportunity to move elsewhere.
It has been reported in recent weeks that Ronald Koeman, the man responsible for selling Schneiderlin to Man United in July 2015, was keen on handing the Frenchman a fresh start at Everton. West Bromwich Albion have also expressed interest, according to the Telegraph.
Mourinho, speaking ahead of United’s Boxing Day encounter with Sunderland, confirmed that he not stop Schneiderlin from seeking a new club.
“Yeah, he has asked to leave, very professional boy and he has opened his heart,” he said.
“If the offer is right and the board thinks it’s a good offer then I won’t stop him leaving. If he’s playing a lot for me then I have the right to keep him but if he isn’t playing then I can’t say no.”
Nobody can blame Schneiderlin for searching elsewhere for regular first team football. He has only made seven appearances this season, managing a full 90 minutes just once (the 1-0 defeat at Feyenoord back in September).
Such a sustained period of anonymity may have led to many forgetting that Schneiderlin, when in full flow, can be a steely, robust general at the heart of midfield, but chances under Mourinho will be sporadic at best. Reuniting with Koeman, who presided over the apogee of his career, seems like a wise move.