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Five Players Manchester United Definitely Needs to Sell This Summer

Five Players Manchester United Definitely Needs to Sell This Summer

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is on the war path – and we reckon the Red Devils could still be set for an almighty shake-up during the summer transfer window.

The Special One was particularly scathing in his post-match assessment of his side on various different occasions last season, and various different tabloids have reported that Mourinho plans a major overhaul after the World Cup comes to an end.

Mourinho might often be harsh in his assessments, but there’s definitely a couple of players who could do with a new club.

Here’s our pick of four United players who should be having some very heated meetings with their agents:

 

Phil Jones

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Back in 2013, Ferguson said the defender could end up as United’s ‘best ever player’, but it’s safe to say the centre-half really hasn’t lived up to the big billing, especially since Ferguson’s retirement.

He’s still only 26, and could be a useful squad player if he remains injury-free, but it might be better for both parties if the defender leaves in the summer and opts for a new challenge.

Chris Smalling

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Personally, I have no idea who Chris Smalling has dirt on behind the scenes at Old Trafford, but he must surely have some sway over the decision-makers to still be getting a regular game after two years of constant errors.

On paper, he’s a decent player; he has the size, speed and strength to bully most centre-forwards.

But Smalling’s lapses in concentration have become too frequent this season, and the defeat against Spurs at Wembley last season must’ve surely set alarm bells ringing in Mourinho’s head.

Matteo Darmian

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The Italian arrived at Old Trafford under Louis van Gaal as a right-back but has seldom had an opportunity to prove his worth in that position, with Mourinho only giving him chances on the left side of defence – usually when everybody else is injured.

Several decent performances towards the end of the 2016/17 campaign, particularly in the club’s Europa League triumph, hinted that Darmian might be handed a new lease of life at the Theatre of Dreams but he’s been left sitting in the stands for much of the campaign and a parting of the ways looks inevitable.

He’s been linked with a move to Juventus for what seems like forever, and it’s hard to envisage Darmian still being a United player in September.

We wouldn’t be stunned to see him do well elsewhere.

Daley Blind

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Personally, we’re big fans of Daley Blind, and if we were United boss, he’d be in the squad every week, but, sadly, I’m not, and Jose Mourinho prefers a much more powerful defensive midfielder, and a much quicker left full-back.

There’s no question Blind has the footballing ability to be a success at United, and we saw it in flashes under van Gaal, but the chances of him winning Mourinho over are very slim indeed – unless he grows three inches.

Big shout, but wouldn’t be stunned to see him do well at another big club, like Bayern Munich, or even Barcelona.

Luke Shaw

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Now, don’t get us wrong, we think Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw has been nothing short of diabolical, and the way the England international has been singled out on numerous occasions is almost tantamount to bullying in the workplace.

Having said that, why stick around any longer? Under a manager like Mauricio Pochettino, we have no doubts Shaw could still be a world beater.

For the sake of his own sanity, Shaw needs to find a new club in the summer, and simply move on with his career.

 

What do you make of our list? Have we missed anyone out or got anything wrong?

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