Jose Mourinho tells nine to leave: Where next for Manchester United’s unwanted starsPublished July 31, 2016
It looks like the Jose Mourinho era at Manchester United is officially in full swing.
The ‘Special One’ is notoriously known for his ruthlessness as a manager, with the 53-year-old quickly selling players deemed not good enough to play under him.
The likes of Romelu Lukaku, Kevin De Bruyne and Juan Mata have all been previously given the axe by the Portuguese coach, and if you thought Mourinho’s move to Old Trafford would bring about a change in his management style, then you would certainly be wrong.
According to the Daily Mail, the United boss has put nine players on the transfer list this summer, as he begins to mold a squad he deems capable enough of mounting a title challenge next season and for years to come.
With that in mind, we at Free Bets, take a look at the nine players reportedly up for sale, and discuss where each player could be moving on to, should their time at Old Trafford be coming to an end.
The German World Cup winner trained with the under-21 squad on Thursday, a further sign he’s not part of the first-team picture.
With Paul Pogba’s arrival at Old Trafford seemingly imminent, it seems that the 31-year-old’s brief time in Manchester is set to come to an end.
The midfielder is reportedly being eyed by Turkish champions Besiktas, whilst a move back to Germany may also be on the cards.
One of the most surprising names on the list. The 18-year-old defender impressed many last season, and proved that he has the potential to become a real talent.
The Dutchman will not be short of offers if he is indeed up for sale, but a loan move is surely the most sensible option from United’s point of view.
There will be plenty of Premier League clubs scrambling to take the starlet on loan for next season.
The 21-year-old centre-back was a standout performer for Northern Ireland at Euro 2016, but the arrival of £30m defender Eric Bailly means that McNair would struggle for game time at Old Trafford.
A loan move away from United looks to be a likely option, with Scottish giants Rangers and Celtic both looking to sign the defender.
The 22-year-old was part of Louis Van Gaal’s plans last season, but it looks like the defender will not be part of the Jose Mourinho era.
There is interest from plenty of clubs in the Championship, including, Reading and Newcastle, and starting regularly will be key for the player’s development.
Like Mensah, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson’s inclusion on this list is rather surprising. The 19-year-old impressed many last season, and his breakthrough into the first team looked like the start of a long term future at Old Trafford.
The defender will most likely leave the club on loan, and a move to Fulham is reportedly an option for the talented full-back.
The Brazilian Under 20 midfielder has been told to go out and gain first-team experience on loan in order to fight for a place at United in the future.
Pereira is still considered to be a very bright prospect for United, and there will be many offers from Premier League clubs and teams in other major European leagues.
The Brazilian was linked with a move to Everton in January, and the Blues could reignite their interest in taking the player on loan.
It is unclear as to whether the 21-year-old is available for loan or a permanent transfer, but there will be no shortage of takers either way.
Despite an unsuccessful loan spell at Borussia Dortmund, the Belgian midfielder still has the potential to develop further, and a reunion with former manager David Moyes at Sunderland looks like Januzaj’s next destination.
The 23-year-old striker has reportedly been made available for a cut price fee of £1m. With the likes of Anthony Martial, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Wayne Rooney currently at United, there will be little opportunities given to the England youngster at Old Trafford.
There are reportedly five clubs after the striker, with offers said to be from side’s in the Championship and one of the Premier League’s newly promoted teams.
Striker James Wilson met with Mourinho before the tour and was told he is part of United’s long-term plans, with the door left open for him to stay and play in the Under 21 side.
A loan move looks the most likely, with up to 12 sides interested in signing the talented forward, including Premier League sides Hull and West Brom.