The 53-year-old let ten players leave over the summer, with the most notable deportee being Paddy McNair, who joined Sunderland for £2.75m in August.
It was reported last month that Mourinho was set to reduce the size of his first-team squad from 26 members to 23.
According to the Telegraph’s James Ducker, the Portuguese has deemed Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick, Memphis Depay and Ashley Young all surplus to requirements at Old Trafford.
Axing eight players may seem like an outlandish plan, but this level of culling is necessary for a manager looking to stamp his authority at a football club. He may have drafted in four signings, all introduced for a specialised purpose, but make no mistake: this still far from Mourinho’s desired squad.
I mean, take the example of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool. The German has needed over a year to dispose of deadwood and carve out his desired approach with the appropriate line-up, and one could still label them as far from the finished article. Taking charge of a club the size of Man United is not, like many seem to expect, an overnight job, and ruthless cuts have to be expected.