Mourinho: No player has asked to leave Manchester United

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The manager insists that no one has asked to move during the winter transfer window

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Jose Mourinho insists that none of his players have asked to leave Manchester United during the January transfer window.

The Portuguese manager has struggled to maintain a regular starting lineup this season, having made 46 total changes in the first 15 Premier League matches of the campaign.

A total of seven players are entering the last few months of their contract as decisions will need to be made on Antonio Valencia, Andreas Pereira, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Anthony Martial and loanee James Wilson in the near future.

Rumours have also continued to swirl surrounding the futures of Paul Pogba and Alexis Sanchez.

Pogba has frequently been a target of Mourinho’s ire, and the Frenchman has been repeatedly linked with a move away from the club just two-and-a-half seasons after his return to Manchester from Juventus.

Sanchez, meanwhile, has struggled mightily when it comes to replicating his Arsenal form, although his wages would almost certainly make a sale difficult for the club.

Still, Mourinho insists that no one has asked to leave in January.

“No,” Mourinho stressed when asked if any players had come to him about departing the team. “Nobody asked me. Nobody at all.”

Mourinho could certainly hit the market in January, though, as the manager has made no secret of the fact that he is looking for additions.

Central defence remains a focus with Mourinho recently having turned to midfielders Nemanja Matic and Scott McTominay to play in more defensive roles.

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