Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho insists none of Manchester United’s fringe players will be allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan next month.
It will be recalled that Anthony Martial’s agent talked up the possibility of the United forward joining Sevilla on loan and Morgan Schneiderlin was linked with a £13 million ($16 million) move to West Bromwich Albion, Mourinho insists nobody will be allowed to leave unless the price is right.
Anthony Martial is not heading out on loan – not yet.
Back-up goalkeeper Sam Johnstone (photo: below), wanted by Stoke, Aston Villa and Sunderland, is the only exception and will be free to join one of those clubs temporarily.
Sam Johnstone is heading out on loan | Getty Images.
In a statement, inter alia, United manager, Jose Mourinho, told reporters on Friday:
“Sam Johnstone is the only player that I allow to go on loan. He doesn’t play one minute and he needs to play.
I don’t want to sell players. The club and the board is totally with me, but as I said 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.
And up until this moment, we have not received one single offer that we are going to accept.
We have a young goalkeeper in Joel and a goalkeeper that played many minutes in the past six months.
And for the development of both, Joel played for six months in the Portuguese Premier League, now it’s time for Sam to play six months and that is the only loan move we are going to do”
– Jose Mourinho, Manager Manchester United
It appears that Manchester United is willing to let Sam Johnstone head out on loan . . .
Up Man U!