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José Mourinho Admits To Treating Two Manchester United Players Poorly

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29: Memphis Depay and Ashley Young of Manchester United in action during a first team training session at Aon Training Complex on September 29, 2015 in Manchester, United Kingdom. (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

After a period of turbulence, José Mourinho now seems to be settling in well at Manchester United.

His side are now ten games unbeaten in all competitions, and have clawed their way back into the race for the Champions League places (even if the Premier League title may still be beyond them).

One issue that remains, however is that of squad size. In a way, Man United are at an advantage insofar as they are well stocked in a number of positions, but on a human level it means that some players are rarely going to get the chance to impress.

Two such players are wingers Ashley Young and Memphis Depay. Between them, both players have started just two Premier League games this season (both from Young) and the pair are among a number playing staff linked with a move away from Old Trafford in January.

Manchester United's English midfielder Ashley Young (L) vuies with Swansea City's English midfielder Wayne Routledge (C) and Swansea City's Scottish defender Stephen Kingsley during the English Premier League football match between Swansea City and Manchester United at The Liberty Stadium in Swansea, south Wales on November 6, 2016. / AFP / GEOFF CADDICK / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.  /         (Photo credit should read GEOFF CADDICK/AFP/Getty Images)

Speaking to Sky Sports, manager José Mourinho has admitted that neither player has probably been given a fair chance to play their way into the side, as the likes of Marcos Rojo and Phil Jones have done.

The boss said of the out-of-favour-duo:

“I still have some bad feelings towards myself because I didn’t give a real chance to everyone, there are some positions in our squad where we have overbooked.

To be honest, people like Ashley Young and Memphis Depay, I didn’t really give them a run of matches to play, to prove. So I have this little bad feeling.

“In relation to Marcos and Phil Jones, I’m really pleased with both. Marcos, he was a player considered by many as someone without the quality to be a Manchester United player.

“Phil was [seen as] a stampede, injury-prone player without the conditions to be back to the good Phil Jones of the past, so I was very happy for them.”

NORTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 21:  Memphis Depay of Manchester United in action during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Northampton Town and Manchester United at Sixfields on September 21, 2016 in Northampton, England.  (Photo by John Peters/Man Utd via Getty Images)

Both players have options in the next transfer window, but reading between the lines of Mourinho’s words it sounds as though staying at Man United isn’t one of them.

Young has been linked with a move to Crystal Palace (among others) while Memphis is widely expected to join Dutch compatriot Ronald Koeman at Everton.

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