Manchester United are undergoing a tough time.
After a difficult season, manager Jose Mourinho would look to reinforce this summer. As some players come in, others in the team are expected to find their way out but who would?
If United lift the Europa League title to qualify for Champions League next season, in addition to their Community Shield and EFL Cup, it would make them more desirable. With Mourinho looking to bring some stars into the team, some players would have to exit.
Top of this list is Wayne Rooney. While the skipper is playing an important role in the dugout, there is little he is contributing on the pitch where it really matters. His £300,000 weekly wages is another consideration when he rarely gets any action. There is the MLS or China or Everton FC as options. It would be a real test of Mourinho’s resolve to do the required.
Loanee Adnan Januzaj is another player that would be cut off from the team.
Daley Blind is another out-of-place player that often leaves fans worried how he arrived at Old Trafford. Ajax are a likely option with their resurgence on the continent.
Others include Matteo Darmian, Sam Johnstone, Guillermo Varela, Regan Poole, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Kieran O’Hara, and James Wilson. There are just many players that United need to cut loose.
After a disappointing season, Chris Smalling could be open to offers. Luke Shaw, Phil Jones and Ashley Young are others who have major doubts over their future at United. Anthony Martial and Marouane Fellaini stay are contentious but it depends on Mourinho’s long term plan. Juan Mata and Michael Carrick also have issues.
For now only players like David De Gea, Eric Baily, Marcus Rojo, Jesse Lingard, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Marcus Rashford, Ander Herrera, Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Antonio Valencia, Paul Pogba and Sergio Romero can claim to be safe. However, there are reports that De Gea might join Madrid finally.
The team would need to be ripped apart and rebuilt but the extent Mourinho and the board want to go remains uncertain.