A new era has begun at Manchester United, the Jose Mourinho reign begins as the red side of Manchester begins it surge back towards the top. The man in the hot seat has made waves wherever he has gone, winning titles at Porto, Chelsea, Inter Milan and Real Madrid. Some fans may argue that the current crop of players Is not up to an immediate title challenge, but with arguably the world’s greatest manager on the touchline anything can happen.
Changes will need to ensue in abundance if the Red Devils are to get their hands on a 14th Premier League title. Some of the elder statesman of the Old Trafford guard may have to make way for some fresh talent. Younger names are almost bound to feature in the new look United. Mourinho has invested heavily at all of his previous clubs, re-building teams until they are barely recognizable. But who will be leaving Manchester this summer?
Firstly, previously relative unknown names who were given opportunity under Louis Van Gaal such as Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair, will almost surely be loaned out or even exchanged for a more defensive talent. 22-year-old Blackett is beyond that youth development phase and will be under pressure to make the cut under Mourinho.
Injuries have cleared the pathway for many of Carrington’s youth to make the step up to the first team this term. Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Guillermo Varela and Timothy Fosu-Mensah are just three of the names who have been given the leigh way to make the leap to first team football at the Theatre of dreams. Mourinho has a long history of heavily investing in experienced names to marshal the full back areas. Jose Bosingwa was drafted in during his time at the bridge and fellow Portuguese defender Fabio Coentrao was brought to Real Madrid as cover for Marcelo. So I believe that Jose will continue to follow this trend and splash the cash to strengthen the rear-guard.
At the other side of the age spectrum, Ashley Young has been a forgotten man this campaign. The former Aston Villa winger spent much of the year nursing recurring hamstring and groin injuries. He recently hit the big 30, with usually means pace begins to disappear, and with all his injuries, you wouldn’t be surprised he was offloaded this during this transfer window
A former arch rival of Mournho’s seems to be sticking around at Old Trafford. Victor Valdes has pulled on the famous jersey just two times since leaving Camp Nou. Factoring in his rivalry with Mourinho during his time at Barcelona and being third in the current United pecking order, makes him one of the top names for Mourinho to get off the enormous wage list.
So there’s my opinion on who should be leaving United this summer, who do you think will make the move away this summer? Let me know below in the comments below.