Man Utd: No acceptable bids for Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay – Mourinho

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Man Utd: No acceptable bids for Morgan Schneiderlin or Memphis Depay – Mourinho

Manchester United duo Morgan Schneiderlin and Memphis Depay will not be selected while their futures remain unresolved, manager Jose Mourinho says.

Everton hope to conclude a deal for Schneiderlin, 27, but United are yet to receive an acceptable bid for the midfielder, according to Mourinho.

“I will allow both of them to leave – if the right offer comes. Until this moment, no,” said Mourinho.

“We don’t have any offer that is close to the quality of the players we have.”

The Red Devils host Reading in the FA Cup third round on Saturday and Mourinho said that “in normal conditions” the two players would have been named in his squad.

“But they aren’t because we are waiting for something that a couple of weeks ago looked like 100% and at the moment looks like 0%,” he added.

West Brom have had an offer of £15m for Schneiderlin rejected, while Everton boss Ronald Koeman reportedly hopes to sign the France international in time for their Premier League match with Manchester City on 15 January.

BBC Sport understands more than five clubs retain an interest in the former Southampton midfielder and suggestions Everton have arranged a medical for the player are inaccurate.

Everton are also interested in former PSV Eindhoven winger Depay, 22, as are a number of clubs across Europe.

‘No need for another defender’

With Eric Bailly now on Africa Cup of Nations duty with Ivory Coast, United will have only three regular central defenders for up to eight matches.

The club were heavily linked with a £40m move for Benfica’s Swedish international Victor Lindelof but sources told BBC Sport in December that no bid would be made in in January.

Southampton’s Jose Fonte was reported to be a United target in the summer and asked for a transfer on Thursday.

The form of Phil Jones and Marcos Rojo is the major reason why Mourinho is not interested in reinforcing his squad and, with Chris Smalling back after injury and Daley Blind and Michael Carrick both having experience in the role should the need arise, the United manager has indicated he wants to stick with his current group.

“While I wait for Bailly, I hope the other three [Jones, Rojo, Smalling] can control the situation,” said Mourinho.

“I am going to try to rest one for every game. If I rest one against West Ham, I will rest another against Hull [in the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday] and try to make a rotation between these three. We have Daley Blind as a fourth and also Michael Carrick.”