Jose Mourinho: Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Luke Shaw can leave in January

Ruben Hill
December 16, 2017

He was finally dropped, after continually being given chances by Mourinho, following Man United's 1-0 defeat away to Premier League champions at Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho said: "When I went to Real Madrid, they were in a hard moment, no league title or cup, not even a Champions League quarter-final for many years".

"I don't speak about players", he said.

Defender Luke Shaw is another potential January departure, although the indications have been that the former Southampton player intends to remain at Old Trafford for the rest of the season.

United have been linked with moves for Mesut Ozil and Danny Rose as Mourinho looks to add more creativity to the midfield as well as strengthen in the left back department.

This week, the BBC reported that there has been a "breakdown in trust" between Mourinho and Mkhitaryan.

"That is my approach as a manager". It's understandable that Mourinho has lost trust in a player whose performances in the last two months have been well below the required standard.

Mourinho adopted the same policy in the last winter transfer window when he agreed to requests from Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay to leave the club to pursue regular first-team football elsewhere.

Unfortunately the United boss has now confirmed the decision has been made for Bailly to have an operation to try and cure the issue and the 23-year-old is expected to be out for between two to three months. Ashley Young has impressed there, but Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian haven't done enough to stake their claim in that position.

"I don't like the January market just to buy [for the sake of it] but if you can buy a player in January that you would buy in June or July and can get him a few months before, then great".

It was feared the centre-back may have to go under the knife, and while Mourinho was uncertain over Bailly's future earlier in the week, the United boss confirmed the bad news at a press conference on Friday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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