Friday 23 March 2018

Promising young trio to be axed by Manchester United as Jose Mourinho continues overhaul

Tyler Blackett, James Wilson and Will Keane are all set to leave United
Tyler Blackett, James Wilson and Will Keane are all set to leave United

James Wilson, Tyler Blackett and Will Keane are all likely to leave Manchester United this summer as manager Jose Mourinho continues to overhaul his squad.

Wilson and Blackett, the England Under-21 striker and centre-half respectively, were omitted from the 25-man squad that was due to fly to Shanghai this afternoon for the start of the club's eight day pre-season tour of China.

Keane, 23, was included in the squad that will face Borussia Dortmund in Shanghai on Friday and Manchester City in Beijing three days later but United will listen to offers for the former England Under-21 striker.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic, signed on a free transfer from Paris St-Germain, will be the most high profile absentee after being granted extended leave in the wake of the European Championships in France, despite Sweden being knocked out at the group stage.

By contrast, England, Spain and Northern Ireland all progressed to the knockout stages but Wayne Rooney, Chris Smalling, Marcus Rashford, David De Gea and Paddy McNair are going on the tour.

Anthony Martial and Morgan Schneiderlin, who reached the final with France, Bastian Schweinsteiger, whose Germany side were beaten in the semi-finals, and Marouane Fellaini, who was eliminated with Belgium in the last eight by Wales, will miss the tour.

Left back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is not on the tour because of a minor groin strain. Right back Guillermo Varela has also been omitted from the squad amid doubts over the Uruguayan's future at Old Trafford.

Wilson spent from most of last season on loan at Brighton & Hove Albion, for whom he scored five goals in 27 appearances. He was tipped for big things at United but it is thought the club are now willing to move the 20-year-old on.

Blackett, 22, was on loan at Celtic last season and is another who could leave this summer. Keane has struggled with injuries in recent seasons and is also likely to depart.

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