Jose Mourinho is ready to begin his summer clear-out, and has had discussions with a number of the younger players in the squad about their long term futures at Manchester United.
The Red Devils have made some big signings this summer. Zlatan Ibrahimovic joined on a free transfer from PSG, defender Eric Bailly from Villarreal and midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan from Borussia Dortmund have joined the ranks. They are also reportedly on the verge of snapping up their former youth player Paul Pogba from Juventus for a world record transfer fee.
New manager Jose Mourinho is now looking to trim down the squad in order to accommodate the new signings. He is planning to work with a core squad of 24 players, and has told those outside of the list that they are free to leave the club. While the likes of Bastian Schweinteiger, Will Keane, Tyler Blackett and Adnan Januzaj could be sold, Mourinho has assured Andreas Periera and James Wilson that they are part of his long term plans, according to The Daily Mail.
The manager has told the pair that they should seek loan moves for the time being so that they can develop into genuine contenders for first team football. Left-back Cameron Borthwick-Jackson has also been told that he will not feature in Mourinho’s plans this coming season.
Jose Mourinho has a poor record of developing young talent, which was one of the main reasons why many were against him joining Manchester United. Wilson and Pereira, both 20 years old, are two of the brightest young prospects at United. It is no surprise that Mourinho would have them break their bones out on loan rather than give them game time for the Red Devils first team.
Man United already boast of some of the most highly rated young footballers in the world. Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw are all below 22 and have bright futures ahead of them. The trio will most likely be integral to Mourinho’s plans this coming season, while the impressive Tim Fosu-Mensah could also be a part of his squad.
Jose will have to take a call on the misfiring duo of Adnan Januzaj and Memhis Depay though. Both were hailed as top talents, but have failed to live up to their billing at Old Trafford. While Depay could be used in a substitute role, Januzaj may well be sold off after an unremarkable and short affair with the United first team.