For much of the summer, Jose Mourinho’s transfer plans have been the centre of everyone’s attention.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Eric Bailly have all signed for Manchester United, but as we know, arrivals usually mean exits, and the former Chelsea boss has plenty of those planned.
Jose being Jose doesn’t care too much for the power of big names, preferring instead to have positional specialists, which of course means many of his new squad are facing uncertain futures.
Yes, Juan Mata is the name we all thought of too, but there are others. Many, many others.
Jose is planning on shipping the ‘luxury player’ out for the second time (poor Juan, we know) and the fact that Mata is a fan favourite at Old Trafford seems to bother Jose as much as it did during his time at Chelsea.
Defensive duo Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are also on the transfer list, with their capacity as utility players who can occupy more than one position failing to fill the mandate Mourinho presented Ed Woodward and the United board with upon his arrival.
In fairness, given both Rojo and Blind have failed to prove themselves in one position, never mind two, you can’t blame Mourinho for that one.
Eric Bailly is expected to line up alongside Mike Smalling in United’s defence, meaning Blind is the man set to make way for the former Villarreal centre back, and Arsenal have been linked with a move for the Dutchman.
Another big name who could move on is Bastian Schweinsteiger, who has struggled with injuries since signing for United from Bayern Munich just a year ago.
The 31-year-old was fit enough to play for Germany in Euro 2016, but with Mourinho eyeing up moves for Blaise Matuidi and Paul Pogba, the veteran may find game time hard to come by next season.
In addition to the big name exits, United’s new boss is looking to offload a number of fringe players, with Tyler Blackett, Guillermo Varela and Adnan Januzaj all facing uncertain futures.
Blackett spent last season on loan at Celtic, while Januzaj had a poor spell at Borussia Dortmund in the first half of last season, and has met with Mourinho to make it clear that a lack of playing time will mean a transfer request – if he lasts that long.
Varela has barely made an impact at Old Trafford since becoming David Moyes’ first signing back in 2013, and could be flogged to a Championship side.
Looks like the Special One is becoming the Ruthless One in Manchester.