Manchester United Keen To Offload Unwanted Duo Before Season Starts

By : Marley Anderson |


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Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United recruitment is done for the summer.

However, the former Chelsea boss has now turned his attention to trimming his squad ahead of the Premier League opening weekend, with two players looking for new clubs before the season kicks off.

And surprisingly, Juan Mata is not one of them, despite being subbed on and then hooked off during the Community Shield win over Leicester last Sunday.

It’s understood that Mata will only leave United if he hands in a transfer request, with Everton and Valencia interested in the 28-year-old.

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But the same can’t be said for Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has no place in the United squad after just a year in Manchester.

The 33-year-old signed from Bayern Munich for £6.6 million last summer, but has struggled with injuries and form since arriving in England.

And with the arrival of Paul Pogba, things aren’t about to change anytime soon.

Galatasaray have tabled a cheeky £3 million bid for the German, but may struggle to match the World Cup winner’s big wages.

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Joining Schweinsteiger in the Manchester airport departure lounge could be Adnan Januzaj, who hasn’t lived up to the ‘potential’ he once was judged to have.

The teenager burst onto the scene back in 2013, when he made such an impact that he was awarded Ryan Giggs’ old number 11 shirt.

However since then, he’s been as useful as a handbrake on a canoe, and will be allowed to leave on loan.

Some clubs may be put off by his apparent attitude – he had a loan spell with Borussia Dortmund cut short last season after only starting three games in five months – but Sunderland are close to taking a chance on him, having appointed former United manager David Moyes earlier this summer.

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There’s also doubts over the futures of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones, who were all left out of the 18-man squad that beat Leicester.

It’s thought that if any of the three leave, then Mourinho will dip back into the transfer market to replace them, but he’s not actively looking to sell any of the trio.

Looks like United are becoming serious title contenders, and they won’t carry any dead weight along the way.