Manchester - Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho said on
Friday he is willing to let midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin leave Old Trafford
amid interest from Premier League rivals West Bromwich Albion.
No deal can be officially completed until the new year, when
the transfer window is open, and the two clubs will have to finalise terms over
his departure after 18 months at Old Trafford.
But Schneiderlin is destined to leave after telling Mourinho
he wants to quit United for regular first-team football.
"Yeah," said Mourinho when asked if he would
consider the offer. "He is a great professional, fantastic boy, very
honest, very open and opens his heart a couple of times.
"My answer is simple: if he's playing regular with me I
have the right to say no way. If he's not playing regular I have no right to
tell a player that wants to be happy -- to say to a player you're going
"My answer was, if the offer is right and our board
thinks that the offer is a good offer in relation to the quality of a very good
player like Morgan, I would not stop him to go."
French international midfielder Schneiderlin, 27, joined
United when Louis van Gaal was in charge in the summer of 2015 in a deal that
could have reached a reported 27 million (31.7m euros, $33m).
Also read: Schneiderlin not fazed by Man United’s goal drought
However, it had quickly become apparent that Mourinho saw no
future for him in a new-look United style and Schneiderlin, along with Dutch
winger Memphis Depay, looks increasingly certain to leave the club next month.
Meanwhile, Mourinho has echoed the complaints of Arsenal
manager Arsene Wenger over the holiday period fixture list that seems to favour
current league leaders Chelsea.
Antonio Conte's side play three games over a 10-day period
due to their games being staggered by television coverage, while United and
Arsenal must play three times in eight days and Liverpool three in seven.
At least Mourinho's position is strengthened by injured
players returning to fitness with Luke Shaw his only current absentee.
The central defensive position that has caused him so many
problems this season has been strengthened with Eric Bailly, Chris Smalling,
Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind all fit and available.
"The busy period is for some clubs, not for
everyone," said Mourinho of Chelsea's fixtures. "If you analyse the
fixtures there is no congestion for them.
"It looks like the fixtures are chosen to give rest for
some and to create problems to others.
"But we are used to it because we are in the Europa
League and the Europa League is a competition that creates more difficulties --
we know that, Southampton know that, Tottenham will know that later.
"For us it's more of the same.
"It's good for us to have everyone available but Luke
Shaw and he's not far away."For
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