Report: Mourinho likely to reject any Spurs approach for Morgan Schneiderlin after deadline day snub

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho will reportedly resist any Tottenham approach for Morgan Schneiderlin.

According to the Manchester Evening News, Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho would reject another move from Tottenham Hotspur for out-of-favour midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.

Schneiderlin, 27, established himself as one of the Premier League's top midfielders with Southampton, and his performances for the Saints earned him a 2015 move to Manchester United.

Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin talks to Wayne RooneyManchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin talks to Wayne Rooney

Last season, the French international made 29 Premier League appearances under Louis van Gaal in a solid if unspectacular first season at Old Trafford, but he's found first-team football much harder to come by under Mourinho.

Schneiderlin has played just 11 minutes of Premier League action this term, and started only three games in all competitions, bringing his future into some doubt.

Manchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin celebrates scoring their first goalManchester United's Morgan Schneiderlin celebrates scoring

Last month, The Sun reported that Schneiderlin was set to leave the club in January in search of more playing time, whilst The Mirror claimed earlier this month that Everton – managed by Schneiderlin's former Southampton boss Ronald Koeman – were keen.

However, the strongest interest in recent times has come from Tottenham. Manager Mauricio Pochettino not only managed Schneiderlin at Southampton, but also wanted to make him one of his first Spurs signings in 2014 (BBC Sport), and the Daily Mail reported on deadline day in August that United had snubbed a late move from Spurs for their midfielder.

Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

With Spurs struggling having won just once in the last ten games in all competitions, some are wondering whether Pochettino could make another move for Schneiderlin in January – but the Manchester Evening News claim that Mourinho doesn't want to strengthen a rival, and is unlikely to sanction a deal for Schneiderlin should Tottenham come calling again.

The Frenchman may well end up leaving, but Mourinho will need some convincing over a deal with Tottenham, given that both teams are pushing for a place in the top four this season.

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