With Jose Mourinho confirmed as Manchester United manager, taking over from Louis Van Gaal just days after winning the FA Cup, rumours are already beginning to mount over which of the current coaching and playing staff will follow him out of the exit door.
Despite his somewhat marmite reputation, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager is a born winner and the type of character who will attract top players to Old Trafford, even without Champions League football, which could spell the end for a number of the current crop.
Below, The Faithful MUFC’s Nathon Woodhead looks at five players who might see the exit door this summer:
Once upon a time the central defender was dubbed the next big thing in English football. Signed from Blackburn Rovers on the back of keeping a rampant Didier Drogba quiet; Jones has failed the measure up to expectations.
When fit, he has proved to be a very good defender, but his problem is injuries – spending more time in the treatment room than on the field.
If Jose Mourinho is to add a centre-half to the group consisting of Chris Smalling, Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Timothy Fosu-Mensah, who looks every bit a United defender in the making, where does that leave Jones?
Juan Mata is one of the most influential attacking players at the club. So when combined with the fact he is an absolute fans favourite, the notion of him leaving simply doesn’t make sense.
The problem for the Spanish international is his history with Jose Mourinho who was the manager responsible for selling him from Chelsea to Manchester United in 2014.
Mourinho is a wise man and will want to keep the fans on his side from the outset, which could buy Mata some time – but if we are all being honest, the likelihood is if he didn’t fancy the player the first time around, why would he change his mind two years on?
Once dubbed the next Ryan Giggs, Januzaj was the hottest young player in world football three years ago. United were quick to offer the skilful Belgian a bumper contract as well as the number 11 shirt worn by Giggs for decades.
Sadly for Januzaj, things slowed down and he stopped getting selected. All of a sudden he found himself out on loan at Borussia Dortmund having a worse time that he experienced at Old Trafford.
With the recent emergence of Jesse Lingard and Marcus Rashford – combined with the likes of Anthony Martial and Memphis Depay, the question of where Januzaj actually fits into any future plans needs to be addressed swiftly. He has all the ability in the world, but he may be out of time to show it.
Like fellow defender Phil Jones, Rojo has spent an incredible amount of time in the treatment room. How much of the Argentine defender would United fans have seen this year if it wasn’t for a serious injury to Luke Shaw?
Rojo is a good player, but nobody is sure if he is best in the centre of at the left of a back four. It seems he isn’t really first choice in any position so for that reason alone, perhaps Mourinho may look to move him on.
On arriving at Old Trafford there was an incredible amount of hype surrounding Herrera. He was fantastic on the ball; positive in wanting to go forward and always willing to get stuck in. Sadly for the Spaniard, things seem to have gone off the boil somewhat.
Maybe it is down to former boss Van Gaal not giving him enough playing time, or the fact he has one eye on moving back to Spain – but at this stage, the jury remains out on the midfielder.
It is a mystery as to if Mourinho will want to keep him at the club; but if you are looking at losing one player from Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini, I would assume the Portuguese boss would fancy each of those midfielders ahead of Herrera.