Jose Mourinho’s appointment as the new Man United manager is a clear indication of the urgency the club’s board feels in order to get back to the big leagues again. The Portuguese has been handed a kitty of about 200 million pounds, and if his history is anything to go by, he will utilize those funds in the most appropriate manner possible. However, before he brings in new players, he will have to clear a few from the existing squad, ones who don’t deserve to carry on any more despite their potential. Although Louis van Gaal did a really fine job in letting go of most of the deadweights under David Moyes, yet there are still a few more on that list. Here are their names:
1. Phil Jones
The defender who was bought in 2011 came with a buckload of promises, but has miserably failed to deliver. He spends most of his time in the treatment room, and despite his huge potential, fails to take care of himself or adapt his rash, brutish playing style. He made only 10 appearances in the last league season, and at 24 years of age, is exactly the young, dynamic, quick footed defender Mourinho would like to place his belief on. However, his love story with injuries and inconsistency means that he is atop the deadwood list, and should be sold to a lesser club to regain his mojo.
2. Ashley Young
The bald headed winger had been an influential player during van Gaal’s first year in charge, but has slowly dwindled away since then. A ligament tear caused him to sit the last season out, and with the arrival of the likes of Martial, Lingard and Depay, it’s unlikely that the former Aston Villa man has a future here.
3. Bastian Schweinsteiger
The German machine came at a steal last year from Bayern Munich, but despite all the fanfare, he has flattered to deceive. Inconsistency, slow pace and a heavy knee injury caused him to sit most of the season out, and despite his pedigree and quality, Jose might ask him to move on — unless ofcourse, Bastian somehow manages to recapture his old flame in the upcoming Euros.