It appears as though Jose Mourinho’s Manchester revolution could be about to hit its peak.
There have been rumours for weeks surrounding a potential clear out at Manchester United, with The Sun suggesting that Mourinho is keen to work with a squad of just 22 players going forward.
That could, theoretically mean up to 10 players could be facing the exit door at United this summer, either on a short term loan deal or in a more permanent fashion.
With £100m reportedly being sounded out for the signing of Paul Pogba, Mourinho will no doubt have to find extra funds from somewhere; and it seems inevitable that some of the players leaving the club will have large price tags attached.
With question marks raised over the future’s of several first team players – who exactly could be on Mourinho’s list of departures.
Click below to find out about five Manchester United stars that could be part of Mourinho’s summer clear out
There have been rumours surrounding the future of Juan Mata since Jose Mourinho first joined the club; and it would not be a surprise to see him as the first player shipped out this summer.
He was unceremoniously dumped when Mourinho took over from Chelsea, despite winning back-to-back club player of the year awards; and it seem likely that he receives the same treatment now the Portuguese manager finds himself in Manchester.
Not seen to fit Mourinho’s style of play, Mata will likely fetch a fairly hefty fee, which could help to part fund the move for superstar signing Paul Pogba.
This one looks nailed on.
An experienced star, Bastian Schweinsteiger’s career at Manchester United never really took off – and it seems unlikely to get any better.
Rumours have linked him with a move away for months, and with the midfielder typically prone to injury – it is easy to see why. Mourinho has a habit of dumping players that are not always available.
Most news outlets are now reporting on this deal, with the BBC suggesting that he will be the biggest name facing the exit door this summer.
A disappointing end to his career in England; but it looks like the Schweinsteiger experiment is close to its end.
James Wilson was brought in to the first team fold by Louis van Gaal, and he duly repaid the ex-United boss with a number of decent performances. However, fast forward a few months and things look very different for the young striker.
His exclusion from Manchester United’s pre-season training camp speaks volumes about how he is viewed by Mourinho, and so it would seem likely that the young striker is not in his plans.
A recent youth side pre-season game proved that Wilson has all the talent, so he would likely have many suitors – though likely not on the level of United.
Mourinho is not keen on utilising youth at the best of times; and his lack of focus on Wilson would suggest that the door into the first team is firmly closed.
Cameron Northwick-Jackson’s tale is a disappointing one, as the young defender has impressed when he has been given an opportunity at United.
Like Wilson, Louis van Gaal saw something in the young defender, and he was utilised a number of times during Van Gaal’s last year in charge at the club.
He is more of a victim of circumstance than anything else, with the young defender forced to compete for a spot in the first team with £30million Luke Shaw – and there was only ever going to be one winner in that race.
He could forge a career at another Premier League side with relative ease; but at United his path to the first team is firmly blocked by a £30million superstar.
Adnan Januzaj has looked like the next big thing in England for a few years; but unfortunately his career is still yet to take off.
After being given the number 11 shirt following the retirement of Ryan Giggs, many fans expected him to kick on and make a name for himself – but what followed was a disappointing year for the Belgian international.
Competition for places means that Januzaj is unlikely to get much of a chance moving forward, and it might be best for all parties that makes the move out of Manchester.
He has all the talent; but the environment produced by Mourinho is not the best for developing young talent.