José Mourinho is reportedly ready to let nine Manchester United players leave this summer, with veteran midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger the biggest name of the bunch. According to Jack de Menezes in the Independent, the 31-year-old will fall further down the pecking order upon the arrival of Paul Pogba, “and Schweinsteiger’s lack of pace and power simply doesn’t fit Mourinho’s requirement.”
There are some surprises among the other eight players that will be allowed to leave, though talented youngsters Andreas Pereira, Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson are to be offered out for loan rather than be allowed to leave permanently.
Adnan Januzaj looks likely to leave on a temporary basis too — possibly to be reunited with Sunderland manager David Moyes — though Tyler Blackett, Paddy McNair, Will Keane and James Wilson could all be sold to the highest bidder. In our opinion, these all look like perfectly reasonable decisions, though it could provide some ammunition for those who still worry about Mourinho’s track record with academy players.