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Report: Mourinho has four Man United players for sale

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WIGAN, ENGLAND - JULY 16: Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho looks on during the pre season friendly match between Wigan Athletic and Manchester United at the JJB Stadium on July 16, 2016 in Wigan, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

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Jose Mourinho has assessed his talent, knows his starting attackers, and is ready to offload four Manchester United players.

That’s all in a report from Duncan Castles on The Daily Record.

Castles said United will start Zlatan Ibrahimovic up top, with Wayne Rooney sitting underneath. The wingers will be Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan.

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More interestingly, Castles says the Mourinho has put four players on the selling block: Juan Mata, Daley Blind, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marcos Rojo. And there could be more.

From the Daily Record:

When arriving at his previous clubs Mourinho has always attempted to minimise squad turnover in his first summer, preferring to back his training methods and man management to rehabilitate players who supporters would happily have seen depart.

In such disrepair is United’s squad following Louis van Gaal’s scatter-gun spending and confidence killing coaching, there is an acceptance that Mourinho will have to move more footballers than usual.

Castles seems to conclude that Paul Pogba arriving at Old Trafford is a foregone conclusion, and that Marouane Fellaini will survive the axe.

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Two of the sale items aren’t surprises: Rojo doesn’t seem like a fit for a Mourinho system, and Schweinsteiger wouldn’t necessarily play a role at this stage in his career. Blind isn’t a major shock, but does seem a player that could fit with Mourinho. Mata probably doesn’t want to stay, given his relationship with The Special One.

Mata and Schweinsteiger could return to their home countries, though there should be demand for Mata in England (perhaps even across town in Manchester?).

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