Bayern Munich fullback Willy Sagnol is a step closer to a move away in January.

Manchester United are monitoring his situation after Bayern supremo Uli Hoeness admitted the Frenchman had fallen out with coach Ottmar Hitzfeld.

"There are at present some problems between Willy and Ottmar Hitzfeld, differences of opinion over his fitness and we hope that they will be resolved during the winter break," said Hoeness.

"We will discuss the situation and hope to try and resolve it, but if we can't then we will have to look at the options and make a decision.

"I would not like to anticipate what that discussion will lead to."