Old Trafford bound? Long-standing Manchester United target signals unhappiness at current predicamentPublished January 11, 2017
Manchester United target Thomas Muller has indicated his displeasure at losing his place in the Bayern Munich starting lineup in recent weeks, putting the Red Devils and other top European clubs on red alert.
Following mixed early-season form, Muller dropped to the Bayern bench for the recent top-of-the-table clash with RB Leipzig- a game that the Bundesliga holders went on to comfortably win by a 3-0 scoreline.
And in an interview with German publication Bild (via the Daily Express), the Die Mannschaft international admitted that he was left disappointed and frustrated by the decision, as he felt he could have played a key role in proceedings.
“The last game against Leipzig was not optimal for me personally, since I did not play,” Muller said.
“There was more space than in the games before. It was a game I could have enjoyed. Of course, I’m not sitting there with a grin on the bench.”
This could alert long-term admirers United to his potential availability should the situation not improve in the coming months, with the Old Trafford side having also showed major interest in the player during Louis van Gaal’s ill-fated reign. Back then, the experienced forward chose to end speculation over his future by committing to the Allianz Arena based-team.
But now, with Jose Mourinho preparing wholesale changes to his forward-line over the summer, Muller may re-emerge as a top transfer target along with Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann. The Portuguese is to be given substantial funds to improve key areas in his squad and the duo would help reduce the average age of a striking selection featuring stalwarts Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney.
Muller has struck just four goals for Carlo Ancelotti’s men in 21 starts so far this season, but does boast an impressive record of 36 in 83 for 2010 World Cup winners Germany.
As such, he remains a well-regarded figure in the game, with any move to Old Trafford bound to be regarded as something of a coup for the north-west outfit.