Man United handed massive blow in their pursuit of 30-year-old Germany international

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There’s been much speculation surrounding Bayern Munich in the previous few days. Most of it’s been concentrated on who might be the future successor to Niko Kovac, but the restoration of Thomas Muller to the first-team earns some attention too.

According to a report on the Bundesliga website, the new boss, Hansi Flick sees Thomas Muller as being an essential part of the first-team, and he could be a key player of Bayern’s revival this campaign.

Muller played the whole game as Bayern thumped Dortmund 4-0 at the weekend, and it appears that his partnership with Lewandowski is straight back to where it was.

Under Kovac, it seemed like Muller might leave the club in the winter. He was largely left out of the team and having turned 30; many thought it was time for him to look for a transfer to make the most of his final prime years.

There was even a report in The Guardian that linked him with a move to Man Utd. It could’ve been an exciting move for him, his presence on the right-hand side would be different to anything else Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had at his disposal, and he could’ve revitalised the attack.

That now looks incredibly unlikely following his triumphant return to the first-team. He’s been at Bayern for a long time and looks happy there as long as he’s playing regularly.

It’s not clear how much truth there was in those rumours, but the Red Devils will need to look elsewhere for attacking reinforcements in January.