Sunday 18 February 2018

Manchester United transfers - the unlucky 13 who Jose Mourinho could flog this month

Bastian Schweinsteiger's time at Manchester United appears to be on the verge of ending
Bastian Schweinsteiger's time at Manchester United appears to be on the verge of ending

Jose Mourinho will now turn his attention to clearing out unwanted players at Manchester United between now and the end of the transfer window. Mourinho's list is topped by Bastian Schweinsteiger who is one of 13 unlucky players who could find themselves heading out of the Old Trafford door.

1. Bastian Schweinsteiger, cost: £6.5m in July 2015

German has no future at the club and has been cut from the first-team squad and sent to train with the reserves.

Manchester United's Bastian Schweinsteiger

2. Marcos Rojo, £16m Signed August 2014

Argentine has struggled to adapt to the pace of the Premier League since his arrival and is now said to be considering offers from Italy, Spain and China.

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Manchester United's Marcos Rojo tackles Aston Villa's Leandro Bacuna during their Premier League clash at Old Trafford. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

3. Daley Blind, £14m September 2014

Dutchman has been solid if unspectacular since his arrival from Ajax but remains desperate to stay at United.

Blind, who is a natural defensive midfielder, spent the majority of last season playing alongside Chris Smalling in the centre of United’s defence.

Daley Blind believes Manchester United are improving and capable of ending 2015-16 on a high

4. Juan Mata, £37.1m January 2014

Suffered the humiliation of coming on as a sub during the Community Shield at the weekend and then being substituted. Mourinho didn't fancy him at Chelsea and hasn't changed his mind at United either.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho speaks with Juan Mata after he is substituted during Sunday’s Community Shield. Photo: Eddie Keogh / Reuters

5. Ashley Young, £20m June 2011

Did not even make the squad for the curtain-raiser at Wembley which has raised questions over his long-term future at the club. At 30-years-old the winger only started 14 games under Louis van Gaal last season.

Ashley Young

6. Matteo Darmian, £12.7m July 2015

Another who didn't make United's Community Shield squad, the Italy international suffered with injuries during his first campaign at Old Trafford but still collected 39 appearances.

Matteo Darmian celebrates after scoring the second goal for Manchester United

7. Memphis Depay, £26m June 2015

Was handed just 13 starts by LVG during a difficult first season at Old Trafford and could find himself surplus to requirements under Mourinho with Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Wayne Rooney all capable of playing similar roles.

Manchester United's Memphis Depay. Photo: Jason Cairnduff/Action Images via Reuters

8. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Academy graduate

Signed a new contract at United which ties him to the club until the summer of 2020, the 19-year-old who made his Premier League debut last November is likely to be sent out on loan.

Left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson (pictured) was praised by Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after the draw at Chelsea

9. James Wilson, Academy graduate

Birmingham are said to be topping a number of Championship clubs who are keen to take the striker on loan. Wilson spent a large part of the last campaign at Brighton and saw himself fall further down the pecking order with the impact made by fellow teenager Marcus Rashford.

James Wilson will spend the rest of the season on loan at Brighton

10. Paddy McNair, Academy graduate

Has been linked with a loan move to Sunderland where he can team up with former United boss David Moyes. Northern Ireland international McNair was in his country’s squad for Euro 2016 and made nine first-team appearances under Van Gaal last season.

Paddy McNair joined Sunderland on loan from Manchester United

11. Andreas Pereira, Academy graduate

Midfielder scored against Wigan during United's pre-season friendly win but is another who could be sent out on loan to gain first-team experience.

Andreas Pereira marked his first Manchester United start with a goal in the Capital One Cup in September

12. Will Keane, Academy graduate

Striker scored the first goal of Mourinho's tenure against Wigan, but finds himself lowdown on the new manager's list of forwards. Keane has spent spells on loan at Wigan, QPR, Sheffield Wednesday and Preston but has also struggled with injuries.

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho (R) congratulates Will Keane

13. Adnan Januzaj, £550,000 March 2011

Another sent to train with the reserves, the Belgian has not taken too kindly to finding himself out of Mourinho's plans for United.

The 21-year-old has slipped down the United pecking order since bursting on the scene in 2013 and it appears increasingly likely that his long-term future lies away from Old Trafford.

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Manchester United's Adnan Januzaj is outnumbered by Arsenal's Gabriel Paulista and Mohamed Elneny. Photo: Phil Noble/Reuters

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