New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is likely to make a raft of changes to his squad this summer as he looks to challenge for the Premier League title next season. With that in mind, we’ve looked at who the Portuguese is likely to sell.
Mata and Mourinho have history as the latter sold the former to Man United while the pair were at Chelsea in 2014.
Mourinho reportedly had reservations over Mata’s workrate and tactical suitability and it is hard to imagine that he has changed his mind. Mata has enjoyed a superb goals and assists return for United but there has always been a sense that he should be doing more in terms of his all-round game to justify his place in the team. All too often, he goes missing and that is not good enough for a United player.
Mourinho has always signed fast, strong, tall centre-backs over the course of his career – Kurt Zouma and Raphael Varane to name a few – and he therefore may not be too enamoured with the thought of playing Blind in central defence.
The Dutchman has an eye for a pass and he performed solidly enough at centre-back under Louis van Gaal last season but it is clear that he is not a natural defender. David de Gea, more often than not, bailed Blind out when he made a bad mistake. That being said, Blind has proven to be a versatile player during his time at Old Trafford and he may be a useful man to have around the squad.
Mourinho’s arrival should signal the end of the dull football that United played under van Gaal and, therefore, it is hard to think that there is any future for the laborious Fellaini.
The Belgian certainly has his uses – as proven during United’s successful FA Cup run – but if United are going to get back to their swashbuckling best, they cannot afford to include Fellaini in the side. His touch, physicality and lack of class simply isn’t compatible with the sort of football United would ideally like to play. Roma are said to be among the clubs interested in Fellaini this summer.