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Manchester United will not let players go on the cheap, Mourinho reveals

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Photo courtesy: José Mourinho / Жозе Моуринью/Wikimedia

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has revealed that the club is yet to receive any acceptable bids for any player he is ready to sell. While the Portuguese manager is happy to let unhappy players leave Old Trafford, he will not allow them to leave on the cheap.

“I don’t want to sell players. The club and the board is totally with me, but as I told before, if a player is not having lots of minutes and really wants to leave, we have no right to stop him leaving if the conditions are our conditions. But we have not received one single offer that we are going to accept.” Mourinho said, as reported by ESPN.

The 53-year-old added that third-choice goalkeeper Sam Johnstone is the only player who will be allowed to leave the club on loan in January. This is because the player is yet to feature for United for a single minute this season.

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Mourinho believes that Johnstone needs at least six months of football to aid his development as a player. Aston Villa are reportedly interested in acquiring the services of the 23-year-old, according to BBC.

The former Real Madrid manager’s statement will not bring happiness to the likes of Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay and Bastian Schweinsteiger. The trio has been tipped to leave the club after failing to impress Mourinho since his arrival.

United did receive a $16 million bid for Schneiderlin from West Bromwich Albion last week. However, The Red Devils have rejected the bid as they value the Frenchman more.

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Premier League club Everton is also reportedly interested in the services of Schneiderlin and Depay. However, there has been no official bid registered from the Toffees yet.

Mourinho’s statement will also dent hopes of La Liga club Sevilla. The Spanish club was interested in signing Anthony Martial on a loan deal in January.

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Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney is set to miss the encounter with Middlesbrough at Old Trafford on New Year’s Eve. Mourinho believes that the England international is still not fit for action.

Meanwhile, United’s clash with Boro on Saturday will bring Mourinho against his former Real Madrid assistant Aitor Karanka. This will be the first time when the two personalities will face each other on the opposite dugouts.

“He is my friend and a real friend. I always want him to win and he always wants me to win, but tomorrow is the first time where I want to win against him. That’s football.” Mourinho said.

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