It’s not uncommon to see promising players get phased out of their club. There have been times when Juan Mata and Ander Herrera, who were both brought to Old Trafford in 2014 at great expense have looked like there wasn’t a place for them at the club, and they’ve had to fight for their place. The list of players that have left the club due to competition or having not made the grade is extensive, given the level that has often been required to make it at United; Angel Di Maria, Danny Welbeck, Javier Hernandez and Shinji Kagawa are just some examples of talented players who have gone on to enjoy success with their current clubs having struggled to earn a starting spot for the club.
This is common in every big club. Just look at Real Madrid; Isco, touted as one of Spanish football’s most promising midfield talents a few years ago after moving to the Bernabeu from Malaga in 2013, but has fallen down the pecking order since Zinedine Zidane took over. Isco has been talking to Spanish paper Marca (translated by The Mirror) about his struggles attempting to get back into Los Blancos’ starting XI
“I have been two months, practically, without playing. It’s difficult when you’re training well and the boss does not put you in.But in the end it’s my own fault. In the end it is me who is responsible. I want to see where I can improve to get in there.
“I am not going to give in easily. I know I will be a success. I don’t know if that will be with Madrid – I hope so. But if not, I will be a success somewhere else. I have two years left on my contract at Madrid. The club said nothing to me, and I didn’t do anything to look for a move.
“They’ve not called me either to renew it, so I am relaxed. I look at the day-to-day, which is the important thing.”
It’s a remarkably balanced assessment of his current situation at the club, which, in all honesty looks relatively bleak. Isco is up against several high-profile teammates in order to get a place in Zidane’s team, and if rumours of Jose Mourinho having an interest in bring him to Old Trafford either this summer past or in January of 2017 are true, it might be time for the Spanish international to jump ship. As a midfielder or even in a role behind the striker, Isco has great talent, vision and skill, all of which United could do with.