As Jose Mourinho takes the hottest at Old Trafford, it has since become clear which players hold a future at Manchester United- and it looks to be that Juan Mata and Daley Blind will be the first departures.
David Moyes, who beat Mourinho to the United job three years ago, signed 28 year old Mata for £33.5m despite him behind named as Chelsea’s player of the year the previous campaign. He has since become a fan favourite at the club.
Mourinho was criticised by many for forcing this move for the Spanish star, though put it down to a poor working relationship meaning the two could not work together- this has definitely created a problem for the Portuguese manager, as he will have to try and for yet another move for the player.
26-year-old Blind, on the other hand, has impressed many regulars at the Red Devils, though due to Mourinho’s playing style he is unlikely to allign with the manager’s traditional expectation of his centre-backs, and will most likely struggle to land himself regular first team football- throwing his future into doubt.
the Netherlands international has come out to criticise the treatment of former manager Louis Van Gaal, which could see him slide down the pecking order.“I always worked well with him and would have been keen that the co-operation lasted longer,” He told reporters when questioned about the Dutchman’s sacking
“Over the last six months he has not been treated fairly. I think a manager like Louis van Gaal, who has achieved so much already, deserved more respect. Even though there was so much being written about him losing his job over the last months, he always looked to protect and shelter us. It is not easy for a coach if you are repeatedly being fired in the newspapers.”