An interesting report has reached us from the Daily Record's Duncan Castles, who reports that new Manchester United manager José Mourinho is set to sell four familiar faces before the start of the season. Castles has claimed that "Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Bastian Schweinsteiger have all been deemed surplus to requirements" by the Portuguese tactician, "who wants to trim the size of the dysfunctional squad inherited from Van Gaal."
Now, given Castles has a reputation as a notoriously unreliable journalist, we should probably take this claim with a pinch of salt. However, it wouldn't be a surprise to see any of the aforementioned four flogged for the right price, with Mourinho having a history of working with smaller squads.
Another interesting part of the report is the claim that Mourinho was left annoyed by United's failure to capture Portugal's Euro 2016 teenage star Renato Sanches. Castles writes:
While Mourinho is driving the move for Pogba, he is, according to close friends, frustrated that his new employers failed to fill their central midfield vacancy with Renato Sanches earlier this summer.
With Van Gaal opposing the teenager's recruitment, United asked Benfica to hold off on selling Renato until the end of their domestic campaign, only to lose the player to Bayern Munich when the Bundesliga club offered an initial €35m and €45m in performance-related bonuses to conclude a deal in early May.
If true, that is very frustrating indeed -- particularly with Sanches so very obviously the real deal. However, landing Pogba would certainly go some way to soften the blow, so let's hope (for Ed Woodward's sake as well as our own) the deal gets done in the next few weeks.