The Daily Mirror seem to think that following a disappointing season, and a disappointing FA Cup final, Manchester United are readying £250m to hoik in the direction of the squad in order to improve things for Jose Mourinho. Some of the players to leave will be Daley Blind, Marouane Fellaini and Luke Shaw, a mixture of failure and not good enough, despite what others might think. In will come Fred, Jorginho, Gareth Bale, Toby Alderweireld and Alex Sandro. That would be a huge upgrade on some of the guff that will leave and will stay at Old Trafford over the next few months, but the question mark over Bale’s ability to play at the top regularly are justified.
It appears that Fellaini is heading to AC Milan in the near future. His contract will soon be up, but he should never really have been given one. He’s not up to it, however decent a bloke he might be.
Andreas Pereira has returned to United after his Valencia loan spell expired. As he can actually pass a ball properly, he deserves a spot in the squad far more than Fellaini ever did.
Another player who could leave is Paul Pogba. He was non-committal when asked about his future at Old Trafford, though said that a move to Paris Saint-Germain does not appeal to him. If United can get roughly what they paid for him, it wouldn’t be the daftest move, given he has shown little determination on the pitch. That said, he can be an astonishing talent if he can work with his manager to make the most of his potential. It’s just not clear if thats’s Mourinho anymore.
Professional misery guts Paul Scholes has got one right, pointing out that Alexis Sanchez needs to improve his performances for United, as they have largely been cack since his move from Arsenal. There’s no need to panic yet, given a move mid-season can make things hard to settle. But next season needs to be different.