Sunday 20 August 2017 / 02:46 AM

MOURINHO’S 7 POTENTIAL SACRIFICES FOR POGBA

With Paul Pogba supposedly on his way to Manchester United for what would be a world record £100 million transfer fee, speculation is rife that Jose Mourinho will be culling his squad to free up the funds for the Frenchman. Today we take a look at the seven names Mourinho is looking to move on and ask the question: why?

Marcos Rojo 

It’s fair to say that Rojo’s move to United hasn’t really gone to plan. He came in as part of the great spending spree of 2014, administered by Louis van Gaal; but like so many of the Dutchman’s signings, he really hasn’t shone in a United shirt.

In fact, things have been so lacklustre for the Argentinean that van Gaal actually tried to let him go last summer, and it’s difficult to imagine Mourinho wanting to keep a player in a key position who’s had two seasons to cement himself and has failed to do so.

Bastian Schweinsteiger 

Had Schweinsteiger moved to the Premier League earlier on his career, then he’d have had every chance of being one of the best players to ever play in England. But he didn’t. He came at the end of his career, and sadly for him, it has showed. Despite being on what is likely to be a massive contact, Schweinsteiger has been distinctly average at Old Trafford, and is certainly not the future. With a decent showing in Euro 2016, the German has probably nudged his value up, and no one would be surprised to see Mourinho cashing in and freeing up a midfield spot for Pogba.

Morgan Schneiderlin 

Another player who has flattered to deceive at Old Trafford, ex-Saints man Morgan Schneiderlin is reportedly already in talks with Everton about a potential move away. Which, once again, makes sense. United bought him for £24 million – that’s some prime real estate that will depreciate in value if Mourinho keeps him but doesn’t play him. And that shapes as the only potential outcome if the Frenchman doesn’t leave – there’s no room for him in a Mourinho midfield.

Juan Mata

Sold him before. Doesn’t like him. Doesn’t think he works hard enough off the ball. Doesn’t think he’s fast enough. Need we say more? Mata is another potential Everton target, and the Spaniard would be a good fit at Goodison. He could also end up at Juventus.

Adnan Januzaj

United’s brightest spark in the terrible Moyes era, Janujaz has found his opportunities severely limited since. Given that he’s at a pretty crucial stage of development and he’s not getting the game-time, it would be no surprise if the player wanted to leave, whilst Mourinho isn’t exactly renowned for his dependence on unproven youth.

Memphis Depay 

To be kind, Depay had a torrid first season at Old Trafford. Lightweight and off the pace, the Dutchman did not live up to his billing at all, and few would be surprised to see Mourinho cash in before Depay’s value dips any more than it already has. Bought for £25 million, I’d expect United to snap someone’s arm off for £17 million. Given that he’s only 22, that wouldn’t be the worst punt in the world for the right club.

Daley Blind

Another hangover from the failed van Gaal era. Is he a centre-back? A left-back? A sweeper? No one knows, but one thing’s for sure, he hasn’t shone in England, and isn’t the sort of centre back that Mourinho craves. Expect Rojo and Blind to move on and a big bid for a ballplayer to sit alongside Chris Smalling.

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Seb Greenwood

CBS’s longest-serving contributor, Englishman Seb is our leading football correspondent, pulling no punches with his opinions on the Premier League and the international scene.

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