Which Manchester United Players AREN’T For Sale Under José Mourinho?

Posted: April 18, 2018 in Arsenal, Chelsea, Football, Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United, Opinion, Premier League, Tottenham Hotspur, Transfers
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The short answer to that one is; none.

Having said that, the likelihood of David De Gea being sold unless he wants to be sold is practically zero. The same can probably be said about Romelu Lukaku who, in his first season and with plenty of critics, has still managed to score 26 goals in all his appearances to date.

Alexis Sánchez would also be on the “unlikely to be sold” list as he is a genuinely world class player and Mourinho will expect to see the best of him next season when he will have had a full pre-season build-up with the squad.

Nemanja Matić, as a Mourinho favourite, is probably also safe from the chop.

Anybody else would appear to be fair game.

The problem is that Manchester United have too many players who wouldn’t get into the City or Liverpool teams and who are prone to losing supposedly “easy” games, particularly just after beating a big team. Cases in point include the loss to Sevilla, which was a debacle and came just after United had beaten Liverpool, followed quite quickly by the loss to West Bromwich Albion having just beaten Manchester City at The Etihad.

These are results which infuriate the manager who will have demanded focus and high levels of concentration rather than what he got which was a team who went out thinking that just turning up for these matches would be enough to win them!


Nemanja Matić looks suitably disappointed at West Brom’s recent winner at Old Trafford

They are also results which infuriate the fans who, in turn, blame the manager who may then lose his job and yet the players, who caused all this mayhem in the first place, continue to swan around in their expensive cars and swim in their indoor pools blissfully unaware,or uncaring of what is going on around them.

The only words of caution we would offer to Mourinho would be to be wary of who he chooses to sell. This is because he doesn’t have the best record when it comes to selling players he thinks are not of the required standard.

The two frontrunners, by a mile, for the PFA Player of the Year award this season are Mohamed Salah and Kevin De Bruyne. They both, at one stage of their careers, played for Chelsea. Guess who was the manager at Chelsea when they were deemed to be surplus to requirements? Correct, so he needs to consider whether Chris Smalling, for example, will turn from being a donkey throughout his time at United into a thoroughbred for another manager.

Will Luke Shaw suddenly become the best left back in the Premier League if he moves on? Will anybody actually want to buy Ashley Young or Antonio Valencia? Yes, if they want them for their experience, no if defensive ability is required!

How about Phil Jones? Is there another club prepared to make room on their treatment table for the new “Sicknote”?


Marouane Fellaini – Having won over many of his doubters amongst the fans, now wants to throw it back in their faces!

Marouane Fellaini seems to have made his bed by refusing to sign a new contract and has suitors, reportedly, in Turkey with whom a deal may already have been agreed.

Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford need to knuckle down and start playing for their places instead of thinking they should be automatic choices for the first team. If either of them chooses to leave then it is they who will be the losers in the long run.

Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are valuable first team squad players but could both be sold if the right offers come in and better replacements are available.

Jesse Lingard plays in patches. He is good coming on as a substitute when the impact of a goal is required and has quite often provided one. He is, however, just not good enough to be starting games for United.

Fringe players, such as Marcos Rojo, Victor Lindelof and even Eric Bailly need to be staking a claim for a first team spot. If they can’t get in this team ahead of Smalling then there is something dramatically wrong!

It would seem that Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind will be sold on in the summer and a transfer away from United, in their cases, would be a good move both for them and the club.

And finally…..

What of the enigma that is Paul Pogba? Mercurial against Manchester City and substituted before the hour against West Brom. Is he a player who can only “get up” for the big games? If so he will never be the great player he once promised to be. At the age of 25 his peak years should be just around the corner but he needs to start showing something like consistently good form or his peak years will not be at Old Trafford.


What does the future hold for this man?

Are we seeing the Paul Pogba who Sir Alex Ferguson was prepared to allow to walk out of the door for nothing rather than fight for a new contract to be signed? Ferguson didn’t get many decisions wrong and maybe he didn’t get that one wrong either!

Next season could see a very different line up for Manchester United but, as usual, it will require a lot of money to be spent. Having already spent close to £300 million during his short time at the club, Mourinho will know that he has to get it right next season.

  1. RedMe says:

    No reason to hold on to players that are not up to the job. Pogba should never have been bought back. Matic lost his spike since he is been moved around to suit Pogba. Herrera doesn’t play enough games. Jones, Smalling, Valencia and Young should admit and go although they have been very good servants for the club. Shaw since the injury is not the same player. But most of all I don’t think Mourinho and Manchester United will work, he likes London not Manchester.


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