It’s particularly exciting for Manchester United to wonder which players they might be interested in signing, given the calibre of player the club are linked with these days. But just as pertinent a question for its supporters over the last few years has been who the club will sell. David Moyes elected not to clear the desk after taking over from Sir Alex Ferguson, electing to stick with the squad that had just won their 20th league title, whereas Louis van Gaal sold a whole host of players when he took over the following summer. Problem was that the Dutchman replaced many of those players with less-than high quality operatives, meaning Jose Mourinho has inherited a bloated squad.
With that in mind, who should Mourinho jettison in the next two transfer windows?
One name that instantly comes to mind is Marcos Rojo. The Argentine may have been relatively solid having come into the side over the last week, but United have better options at both left back and centre back, meaning that the former Sporting Lisbon defender is arguably surplus to requirements.
Morgan Schneiderlin would be another potential ‘partee’, purely because the Frenchman clearly isn’t a big part of Mourinho’s plans. The former Southampton midfielder hasn’t started a Premier League game this season, and is currently behind Paul Pogba, Ander Herrera, Maroaune Fellaini and Michael Carrick in the midfield pecking order. As such, it might be wise for the Frenchman to make a move away from Old Trafford in order to gain first team football.
It also might finally be time to wave goodbye to Wayne Rooney. The United captain will surely become the club’s all-time top goalscorer this season, but Mourinho has made the necessary call by scaling back his involvement with his first team. The former Evertonian has started most games since a disastrous performance against Watford in September on the bench, and given his now-limited influence on matters on the pitch, it might be time to bid a moderately fond farewell to him.
Who else should be on their way, though? Fellaini? Daley Blind? Both have proved themselves more useful to Mourinho than the three mentioned above, which might save their United careers. Memphis Depay, on the other hand, must surely leave the club this upcoming January transfer window. Opportunities have been severely limited for him, and given there have been yet further grumblings about his application, it might be time to allow the Dutchman to resurrect his career elsewhere.