Opinion: Who should leave Manchester United this summer?

Which players should be leaving Manchester United this summer?

Opinion: Who should leave Manchester United this summer?
Above: A collective of Manchester United players after their 3-2 defeat to Wolfsburg | Photo: AFP / Getty Images

Another revolution is on the horizon at Manchester United having replaced former manager Louis van Gaal with Jose Mourinho and if rumours are anything to go by, there could be some significant names exiting Old Trafford this summer.

It has been reported by a number of media outlets in England that Mourinho, is looking to get rid of at least eight players from his squad ahead of next season with the names such as Daley Blind and Juan Mata been rumoured to leave Manchester.

However, why are players such as Mata and Blind are forced out of Old Trafford despite been two of the best players from the previous campaign? With that in mind, who should leave the club this summer? 

Above: Marcos Rojo in action for Manchester United | Photo: Manchester Evening News
Above: Marcos Rojo in action for Manchester United | Photo: Manchester Evening News

Marcos Rojo

Optimism was high when United completed a move for Rojo from Sporting Lisbon back in the summer of 2014, they were heightened by his performances for Argentina on their way to the 2014 World Cup final.

However, he has failed to follow that up form in his time at Old Trafford and not for a lack of trying, with van Gaal starting him in all but two games in the 2014/15 season in the centre-back position. Rojo prefers the full-back position and was given the chance with the injury of Luke Shaw, but proved more of a hindrance to the team constantly giving away possession and failing to defend properly.

His attitude has also been called into question with his failure to report to pre-season in the USA and been caught drinking and smoking on more than one occasion and it seems unlikely Mourinho will handle such an attitude.

Above: Adnan Januzaj celebrating his goal in Manchester Unted's 1-0 win over Aston Villa | Photo: Ian Hodgson
Above: Adnan Januzaj celebrating his goal in Manchester United's 1-0 win over Aston Villa | Photo: Ian Hodgson

Adnan Januzaj

Another player that seemingly has an attitude problem is proclaimed starlet and now young tearaway Adnan Januzaj.

The young Belgian initially lit up the world when he was brought in by David Moyes and scored a brace in his first start in the 2-1 win over Sunderland, He went on to make 35 appearances in all competitions in the 2013/14 season but has failed to emulate that since.

Van Gaal admitted that Januzaj wouldn't be part of his first-team set-up which saw him move to German giants Borussia Dortmund, However that spell was cut short failing to start a league game and manager Thomas Tuchel blasted his attitude.

Tuchel Sportbild back in January that it was a “pity” that Januzaj didn't show the “desire” and “attitude” to “progress.”

However, it is believed that Mourinho is an admirer of the youngster so the 2016/17 season could be the last-chance saloon for the 21-year-old.

Above: Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrating his goal in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City | Photo; Reuters
Above: Bastian Schweinsteiger celebrating his goal in Manchester United's 1-1 draw with Leicester City | Photo; Reuters

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Another wave of optimism spread over the red half of Manchester, as one of the most highly-rated midfielders in Bastian Schweinsteiger moved from Bayern Munich last summer.

However, so far it looks to be a smart move from former manager Pep Guardiola, as he could only manage 18 league appearances in what has been an injury-filled season having not played since March.

There is no doubt about the quality of the German, but he has failed to show that in his rare appearances in a United shirt and with Mourinho reportedly looking at a number of midfield targets, coupled with the 31-year-old’s reoccurring injury problems it could spell the end for the German. 

Above: Marouane Fellaini celebrating his goal in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton | Photo: Getty Images
Above: Marouane Fellaini celebrating his goal in Manchester United's 2-1 win over Everton | Photo: Getty Images

Marouane Fellaini 

Fellaini has always been a controversial figure since Moyes paid a staggering £27.5m to bring him from Goodison Park, and it safe to say he has come nowhere near to paying that back.

In the defence of the Belgian midfielder, he did have a brief resurgence and put in some decent performances, but has failed to produce the same football on a consistent basis than that on Merseyside.

His discipline has also proven to be a constant issue especially last season and was punished with a three-game ban for his elbow on Robert Huth, and could prove to be more of a hindrance than a help to Mourinho.