Man United target Thomas Muller doesn't fit in to Carlo Ancelotti's Bayern planPublished January 04, 2017
Manchester United have tried and failed to sign Thomas Muller on more than one occasion. Previously, Bayern Munich hadn’t been interested in selling and he was not interested in joining. That might be about to change.
The forward’s stock at the Allianz Arena has fallen during a bad season. Bayern are top of the Bundesliga and through to the last 16 of the Champions League – but Muller has taken a bit of a backseat in their dominance since Carlo Ancelotti became their manager last summer.
Having scored 32 goals in 49 appearances last season, he’s followed up with just four goals in 22 appearances so far this season. There’s no clear role for Muller in Ancelotti’s system. Bayern legend Lothar Matthaus outlined this in his column for Bild: “It will be really tough for Muller to fight himself back into the starting XI in the second half of the season. There is not really a position in Ancelotti’s formation that suits him.
“Arjen Robben is a better option on the right wing and Bayern do not really play with a support striker. They are playing an attacking midfielder behind Robert Lewandowski instead and I think Thiago Alcantara is the right man for that role. He is much more flexible than Muller.”
Bayern might consider cashing in on the 27-year-old next summer. Will United still want him? Relations between the clubs are tense over the spat regarding Bastian Schweinsteiger. Money will heal those wounds.