By Will Butcher
Man United fans have been surprised and distinctly unimpressed on Twitter after a report claimed that their side were reportedly interested in setting up a reunion between Jose Mourinho and Lassana Diarra.
With Morgan Schneiderlin possibly set to leave this month, Mourinho could be looking to bring in a replacement and Marseille midfielder Diarra could fill that void.
After a short stint at Arsenal, Diarra has failed to find a permanent home since leaving Real Madrid in 2012 with spells at Russian sides Anzhi and Lokomotiv Moscow lasting less than a year.
Although he is beginning to rediscover his best form at the base of Marseille’s midfield, fans have questioned Mourinho’s thinking behind the potential move on Twitter.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
What Mourinho would do with old man, Lassana Diarra? #MUFC
— UnitedGyels (@Nargyels) January 4, 2017
Lassana diarra seriously? #MUFC
— Sadeeq Tuge (@Tugeh) January 4, 2017
— ƝᗩŢꀌᗩƝ ƤᗩŁŁĕŢŢ (@njpallett) January 4, 2017
Lassan Diarra to replace Morgan Schneiderlin 🤔 #mufc
— Uday (@udzj7) January 4, 2017
I think we can & should do better than Lassana Diarra, so, I hope reports our interest is way off the mark. #mufc
— Eze K1ng (@misterk1ng) January 3, 2017
Diarra is 31 now, way too old. Bakayoko would be a better options #mufc
— Deshane (@Desh_P) January 3, 2017
Mourinho in for Lassana Diarra? 😂😂
— Adebayo (@classydudeOG) January 4, 2017
Lassana Diarra? Wow! Didn't think of him but he'll be a decent signing not ideal to replace Carrick but can do the job.
— Thando (@7hando) January 4, 2017
Known for his ability to dictate the tempo of a match at the base of a midfield, the signing of Diarra would provide cover for veteran Michael Carrick who has just six months remaining on his current deal.
It remains to be seen what amount Ligue 1 giants Marseille would charge for Diarra, with his contract running until the summer of 2019, although they did pick him up on a free in 2015.
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