Manchester United have failed to live up to the expectations this season despite bringing in Jose Mourinho as their new manager and spending big to acquire the services of several superstars of world football – Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Paul Pogba and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.
As a drastic measure to overcome the problems, the Portuguese boss has reportedly decided to trim his squad in coming days and a few names are set to be offloaded after failing to impress for the Red Devils.
Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin are two such names who are expected to leave Manchester United during January transfer window. They were brought in last summer by the then boss Louis Van Gaal after impressing with their former sides PSV Eindhoven and Southampton respectively.
Unfortunately, they have failed to create any impact so far and struggled to make it to the matchday squad in most occasions this term. As a result, both of them are supposed to depart this season with Everton showingg serious interest to strengthen their squad.
In an interview with Fox Sports, the Toffees boss Ronald Koeman admitted his effort to sign Memphis for Southampton when he was in charge and reiterated his desire to bring him at Goodison.
Koeman said,“I would like to have him. I think he is an interesting player. He has great individual qualities. He just needs to play games. At the start of his time at Manchester United, he showed how good he is.”
Depay, the 22 year old Dutch winger, was a £25 million signing from PSV after a stellar campaign for both club and country. However, he has failed to break in Jose’s squad and only managed 4 substitute appearances in Premier League this season. S
imilarly, French midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin was a subject of interest of several top Premier League outfits before joining Manchester United for a £24 million fee. Despite a promising start he faded away lately and has been handed only three Premier League substitute appearances this term. Both are now surplus to the requirements and Manchester United are willing to listen to offers for the dangled duo.
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