Reports have emerged that Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is set to clear out eight players from his squad next year during the next two transfer windows. The former Chelsea boss is finding it tough at Old Trafford as his team has lost five matches in seventeen games and were last night defeated by Fenerbahce in the Europa league.
The Daily Telegraph is reporting that Mourinho has realized he has a harder task of managing United than he initially thought and is now ready to sell off eight players next year. The players Mourinho has penciled down to be moved out of the club includes
Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo, Michael Carrick, Phil Jones, Morgan Schneiderlin, Memphis Depay Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Matteo Darmian.
James Ducker reports: Mourinho believes he has taken on a bigger job at Old Trafford than he originally thought and is ready to make extensive changes to the squad next year. If there is a possibility of doing business in the January transfer window, both in terms of incomings and outgoings, the Portuguese will do so, although the bulk of United’s activity will take place next summer.
Mourinho has concerns over other members of his squad, too, but accepts there will be a limit to the number of players he can move on and sign in any one transfer window. Marouane Fellaini will enter the final 12 months of his contract next summer, as will captain Wayne Rooney, whom Mourinho has insisted remains part of his plans. There is an option on Rooney’s contract that would enable either the player or United to extend the deal until June 2019 but that seems unlikely to happen.’