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Who Should Stay? The 8 Players Mourinho Is Reportedly Looking To Sell

Who Should Stay? The 8 Players Mourinho Is Reportedly Looking To Sell
By Mikey Traynor

It's quite clear to anyone who has watched Manchester United on more than one occasion this season that new boss Jose Mourinho is yet to find a team with which he is confident on a regular basis.

While many of his players have been inconsistent with their performances, few have shown improvement under the new boss apart from Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera.

It's clear that Mourinho is working with a number of players that he does not see having a future at the club, and James Ducker of The Telegraph is reporting that eight player have been named by the Man Utd manager to be sold within the next year.

There were similar articles in the summer that stated the likes of Juan Mata and Timothy Fosu-Mensah were on their way out the door, so the Spaniard recently wearing the captain's armband and the young Dutch player signing a fat new contract shows us that we have to take these with a pinch of salt.

With that in mind, here are the eight players named and how likely we feel they are to actually leave the club.

Marcos Rojo

An absolute certainty to be gone as soon as more defenders are brought in to increase the numbers. Rojo was a wild signing, a gamble on a player who had looked decent at left-back for Argentina in the 2014 World Cup but is far too erratic to play for a club the size of Manchester United.

The fans have long since given up on him, it's just a question of bringing bodies in at the position.


Matteo Darmian

This is a difficult one, as Mourinho has reportedly blocked an advance by Inter Milan to take him back to Italy, but Darmian's performances have left a lot of supporters questioning whether or not he has mentality to produce what he showed in his first month at the club on a regular basis.

Never recovered from being dragged around The Emirates stadium by Alexis Sanchez, but giving up on him already seems rash.

Phil Jones

Ah, Phil.


The man once dubbed the next Duncan Edwards has turned into a running social media joke as he has spent far, far too long out injured. Now fit enough to be a part of match-day squads, it seems that Mourinho is understandably weary with putting him on the pitch.

Could very easily take the much-travelled Man Utd centre-back path to a mid-table Premier League side.

Morgan Schneiderlin

It's very conceivable that Schneiderlin could be shown the door. He simply hasn't stepped up since moving from Southampton, and if anything has regressed as his game now consists almost exclusively of sideways passes.


Mourinho doesn't like him, almost certain to be sold within a year.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Jose has had to reintroduce him to first-team training due to the backlash that his absence has caused, it's clear that the fans, and the players judging by Luke Shaw's recent comments, want him involved.

But the gaffer doesn't, and Bastian will have to leave if he wants to be more than a club ambassador who smiles in pictures on match days. He deserves to play too, he's only 32!


Michael Carrick

Unless Carrick himself is planning on hanging up his boots, then you would be hard pushed to find a United fan that wants to see him leave. Mainly because the team clearly plays it's best football with Carrick's calming influence in the side, but also due to the outstanding service he has given the club.

Mourinho should not risk the backlash of pushing Carrick out the door.

Ashley Young

Someone who earned the respect of Man Utd fans after losing it through poor performances and embarrassing diving, Young still holds value as a squad player, but is simply not effective enough to play regularly in an attacking position as he would want.


If he's as happy to be a bit-part player as he seems, then he should be kept around as he is clearly a popular member of the dressing room.

Memphis Depay

This is a very difficult one.

Memphis has not delivered on what was promised when he arrived. Whether that is his fault or the fault of a hype machine that should never have existed remains to be seen, but there is a lot of hope among Man Utd fans that he has the skills needed to be a good player, if he can just get his head right.


A clear confidence player, United can't afford to give him the minutes he needs as they are rarely in a comfortable position, but he'll need to show something soon as Mourinho seems to be unconvinced.

You can read James Ducker's piece over on Telegraph.co.uk, but be sure to get in touch and let us know who you think deserves to stay out of the players listed.

SEE ALSO: Paul Scholes' Team Sheet Spoke Volumes About His Thoughts On Mourinho And United

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