Jose Mourinho says it is unlikely Bastian Schweinsteiger will play for the club this season, even though the German midfielder insists he is ready to stay and fight for his place.
Mourinho said: “I’m not saying it’s impossible, I’m saying that it is very difficult because we have Pogba, Herrera, Schneiderlin, Fellaini and Michael Carrick.
“We have five players for two positions. It’s very difficult that an opportunity will arrive [for him].”
On possible transfers before the deadline, Mourinho added: “I think we are going to have a very quiet week. Not surrounded by helicopters waiting for someone to arrive or leave – I am more than happy with the squad I have.”
Schweinsteiger has two years left on his United contract, and in terms of the prospect of him staying despite not playing, Mourinho said: “I cannot answer for him. It’s his life. It’s his career. He has a contract with Man United and has the right to make that decision to stay.
Mourinho was speaking before Saturday’s trip to Hull, where United will be looking to make it three wins out of three. They are coming up against a promoted side who have caused a major surprise by also taking maximum points from their first two games – including against the champions Leicester – despite having a threadbare squad and no permanent manager.
The former United assistant manager Mike Phelan is the man in charge, and Mourinho feels he deserves to be given the job full-time. “I hope he gets the job despite losing the match,” Mourinho said. “I think it’s not intelligent to make a decision about a manager because he wins or loses a match.
“I think the reality is he’s one of the most successful assistant managers in the country, in the Premier League. Now he has this job and he has managed to motivate and organise the people. Are they defensive? Yes. But that’s the way they have found to get points. I think he deserves the job.”