The only player that Manchester United will allow to leave the club during the current transfer window is Axel Tuanzebe, according to Jose Mourinho’s post-match press conference, per The Sun.
This news came just hours after the Red Devils were linked with a sensational swap deal, involving Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Alexis Sanchez.
However, it looks as though Mourinho wants to keep ahold of the Armenia star, purely so that his squad is big enough to compete on all fronts, as don’t forget, we’re still i the Champions League and the FA Cup.
“I have a squad of 22 players and I want to keep squad of 22 players.” Mourinho told reporters, including The Sun.
“Maybe just because I want to make the kid a good player and I’m not giving him the chances I’m giving to Scott McTominay, for example.
“Axel Tuanzebe plays in a position where I have so many players, today on the bench I had Marcos Rojo and Victor Lindelof, and Eric Bailly is still in recovery, so I’m not giving the chances to Axel.
“So probably Axel is the only one that I open the door for him to go and play because I believe he is a really good talent and he needs to play.
“Apart from that, the numbers we have, we are playing Champions League, FA Cup, Premier League, I have to keep the number of players we have.
I like Mkhitaryan and I think he’s a fantastic player on his day. The problem is, sometimes, he just doesn’t turn up and he can become more of a hindrance than a help.
There are situations where players just don’t fit into a certain system and perhaps that’s the case here. If he did leave and move to Arsenal, I’d fully expect him to become that talented attacking-midfielder that we all know he’s capable of, but that’s football, and sometimes everything doesn’t work out as you’d expect.
From my point of view, United should do all they can to get Sanchez to Old Trafford. Players of that calibre don’t become available all that often, and Edward Woodward should pay whatever it takes to get this deal over the line. There is two weeks left in the transfer window, so time is on his side, and I, for one, will be surprised if he’s not a Red Devil come February.