With the season drawing agonisingly closer, fans all over the country are anticipating how the 2016 campaign may pan out.
Will it be another year of the underdog or will we see the rigidity of the top four reinstated once again?
But one thing we do know is that Jose Mourinho will be back in the Premier League and with him, he’ll bring all the controversy, passion and colour that fans know and love.
But he’s got a lot of proving to do on the pitch too. United fans will be more optimistic than ever and it will be down to Jose to bring the silverware back to Old Trafford once more.
Yet one job that really needs some attention before the season begins is clearing out some of the deadwood in the United ranks. There are a certain number of individuals that have either outstayed their Old Trafford welcome, or some that just don’t fit into Jose’s philosophy.
So who are these names? Here’s FIVE players who should leave Manchester United this summer…
Bastian Schweinsteiger might be one name that needs to leave Old Trafford this summer.
At 31-years-old, he’s not getting any younger and even last season, he was hardly a player that lit Manchester alight.
Jose likes flair, excitement and passion, and we’re not too sure whether Bastian can provide that anymore.
Another name who has begun to fade into the Manchester United background, Antonio Valencia needs to move on to pastures new.
He made just over 20 appearances last season for the Red Devils, and there are plenty of exciting youngsters coming through the ranks that just seem a little more passionate.
He’s been in Manchester seven years now, and it’s time to move on.
Another United man that just isn’t going to make the first team this season is Ashley Young. Fourteen goals in five seasons isn’t that inspiring at all and much like Valencia, he’s one of the “older crop” that is soon to be replaced by some youngsters coming through the ranks.
He’s also yet to make an appearance for England since 2013 – proving his domestic form hasn’t helped him break into the international side at all.
I’m not sure if much needs to be said about this one.
Marcos Rojo has really struggled to settle as a solid, first-team defender since joining the club and his defensive frailties have been clear to see throughout his United tenure.
Mourinho is a big fan of big, burly and pacey centre-back and Rojo just doesn’t fit that bill. Whilst he can also play at full-back, it seems unlikely he’ll stay at the club when United have the likes of Fosu-Mensah, Borthwick-Jackson and their first-teamers in this department.
Perhaps a more surprising name on this list, Phil Jones has struggled to hold down a first-team berth since arriving in a £16.5million move.
His unfortunately very injury prone, and has spent much of his career on the sidelines. Many would be surprised if he is a starter under Mourinho so it might be best for him to look for a new club.