Manchester United look set to lose the services of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin in the January transfer window if growing media speculation surrounding the pair is to be believed. Jose has also more or less confirmed that both players have been frozen out of selection pending their expected departures. Both players have failed to make an considerable contribution in their time at the club, but seem to be particularly given a short shrift by Jose and the reason is may not be so far fetched.
Conspiracy Theory Alert…. LOL
Memphis Depay has barely gotten a look in under Jose, neither has Morgan Schneiderlin. The pair were never regulars under LVG, but still managed the odd game here and there and appeared content to be rotated constantly. Jose’s arrival as with any new coach, was meant to signal a wiping clean of the slate. However, that has not applied to some players; who were linked with the exit door the second Jose’s appointment as United manager was confirmed. The speculation surrounding the future of same players was not helped by Jose’s
Bastian Schweinsteiger was forced to train alone, after Jose’s early public show of disinterest in his services. Matteo Darmain found opportunities hard to come by prior to Luke Shaw’s injury struggles and has been subsequently linked to every top 4 Italian Club. Luke Shaw has also been castigated by the manager, as has Anthony Martial – who had his no. 9 squad number reassigned to accommodate Zlatan – a Mourinho player. Many fans had anticipated a Fosu-Mensah challenge on the RB spot, this has also failed to materialize so far. Daley Blind has fared slightly better in terms of game time, but has seen his influence on the team reduce considerably. These players have on common denominator; they are all LVG signings.
Ander Herrera and Marcus Rojo (who complete the list) have become key components of the team, alebeit after starting the season from a bench position. Both players have improved considerably this term and have become almost undroppable in Jose’s set up. Rojo was rumored to be one of the players Jose didnt want at the beginning of the season – and that may be further indication of the Argentine’s immense improvement on JM. Herrera you suspect, was always only going to need a run of games under a manager whose confidence he has, to show what most United fans had already seen – and fallen in love with – under LVG. The Spaniard was jettisoned immediately Jose got his own CM (Pogba) – who he initially paired with (non other than) Fellaini. The Belgians inadequacy was immediately shown up by Hererra’s introduction to the team, and the combative midfielder has not looked back.
Jose’s difficult relationship with his mentor is well document – he is even directly blamed for LVG’s sacking in some qaurters. The Portuguese coach has also taken every opportunity to aim shots at his former mentor. Setting the tone at his first press conference as United manager, where he threw shade after shade, and more than a few were aimed at his predecessor. Thereafter, whether it has been about LVG’s playing philosophy, use (or lack) of specialist players or the failure to capture Renato Sanches, one thing clear is there is no love lost between the pair. The special one has also used LVG’s influence as an excuse as to why certain players were not performing on different occasions already, and in particular, when Martial was not performing earlier in the season. While accepting that Jose’s selection decisions can not be made purely on his mentor issues, it still baffles when he prefers Fellaini ahead of Morgan, or even Lingard ahead of Martial.
Looks like warmth, right?
It is not uncommon for a new manager to attempt to put his own mark on a team by selling or jettisoning players from a previous regime. After all, Moyes who preceded LVG ripped up SAF’s system; a move which actually commenced the scale of transition faced today, and arguably unbalanced the club. However, Mourinho’s preference of Fellaini to Schneiderlin in the holding midfield position is astounding given the Belgians clumsy nature and propensity to give away cheap penalties. Even the brazen attack on Basti caught many off guard, as there didn’t seem to be any prior bad blood between the pair. The German captain was a known lieutenant for LVG – both at Bayern and ever so briefly at Old Trafford. Does that explain Jose’s unwarranted attack?
Despite barely featuring for United
While United fans will generally agree that neither Memphis or Schneiderlin have set OT ablaze, few would be pleased to see the duo depart. Especially as neither was given any sustained run in the side – which some players require to get in match rhythm, especially at a new club. While Memphis hasn’t bathed himself in much glory (with a combination of on-field nonchalance amd off-the-field antics exasperating a lot of supporters), Morgan hasn’t done too much wrong. However, It is also difficult to point out much else he has done right. Suffice to say, he is a solid DM (as shown by these stats) and would have been hurt to see Fellaini continually selected ahead of him in his specialist position. His desire to leave is well understood, however you get the feeling he could have been a decent United player if given the proper platform to perform.
NB: Before the article was concluded Morgan joined Everton – for a fee which can rise up to the exact amount United paid Southampton some 18 months ago. The player, while insisting there were no ill feelings towards JM, expressed a similar thought to mine; He was already out of Jose’s reckoning by the time he turned up for pre-season. Meaning the manager had already decided he was not in his plans without seeing what he had to offer. On a personal note, that’s just sad. Memphis is also a wanted man in Lyon, despite Jose leaving the door open.