When it comes to Manchester United this summer, a lot of the focus this summer has been on who comes into the club. That’s fair enough; United have brought some big names into the club since their FA Cup final triumph against Crystal Palace on May, including some of the biggest names in world football. Jose Mourinho, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Paul Pogba….all big names who carry a lot of clout in this sport. But now, with the vast majority of United’s incoming transfer business finished, attention should turn to who the club doesn’t wish to keep.
It appears that this summer’s clear-out has begun, if the last 24 hours are anything to go by. Yesterday, Sunderland confirmed a deal had been reached to take both Donald Love and Paddy McNair, two of United’s academy products to The Stadium of Light, and on Friday lunchtime, The Black Cats also announced that a loan deal for Adnan Januzaj has been agreed. But who else is on the cusp of an exit from Old Trafford?
Bastian Schweinsteiger will likely be the first big casualty of the Jose Mourinho era, having been made to train with the u23’s since returning to first team training, and according to reports, the former German international is gathering interest from Italy. Schweinsteiger remains a popular figure in the club’s fanbase but his checkered history with injuries last season make it difficult to see him offering much under Mourinho.
Juan Mata, widely believed to be out of the door once the Portuguese took over, but interest in the Spanish international has yet to reach fever pitch. The Telegraph reported a rumour that Goal.com have suggested Villareal as a possible destination, which would make sense but there’s still plenty to suggest that the diminutive Spaniard will stay and fight for his place at United.
Last week, Duncan Castles reported that Marcos Rojo had turned down a move to China, with Sven-Goran Eriksson’s Shanghai SIPG interested. This would make sense, as Rojo is arguably the least capable of United’s senior or first team centre backs, but again, speculation on a move away from United with his name attached has been minimal.
Same for Phil Jones, a player who hardly featured under Mourinho during pre-season and is already behind Daley Blind in the defensive pecking order, if Sunday’s Community Shield lineup is anything to go by. It’s time for Jones to leave the club, particularly after several two injury-ravaged seasons in succession and with better players ahead of him in the side, but suitors at this stage are thin on the ground.
Either way, with the Premier League starting this weekend, and a trio of United players confirmed to be on their way to the North East, United’s summer clear-out could be about to begin.