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.
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.”
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.