Jose Mourinho has been appointed by Manchester United to shake things up following three underwhelming seasons in this post-Sir Alex Ferguson era.
It’s no secret the Portuguese coach likes a particular type of player and, for this reason, it was always expected that certain members of the United squad were in danger of being axed - regardless of their status or profile.
Less than a week after his appointment, Sky Sports have reported that two players popular with much of the Old Trafford faithful - Juan Mata and Daley Blind - are set to be sold by Mourinho later this summer.
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Mourinho wants to assemble a team which he believes can challenge for the 2016-17 Premier League title - and neither Mata nor Blind are expected to feature in their new manager’s plans, according to the report from Andy Burton, the journalist who broke the news that Mourinho had signed his three-year contract with the Red Devils last week.
Mourinho will reportedly approve the sale of both players providing United receive acceptable bids.
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The 53-year-old will also expect that he’ll be able to sign two players as direct replacements.
United fans react on Twitter
Here’s how United fans have reacted to the news on Twitter…
Mata decision not a surprise
That Mourinho plans to sell Mata will come as no shock to United supporters. The only reason the Spanish playmaker is at Old Trafford is because he was sold by the Portuguese tactician in January 2014 - at the end of their time working together at Chelsea.
However, that doesn’t mean that fans won’t be disappointed to see the 28-year-old leave the Theatre of Dreams.
Moreover, news that Mourinho plans to sell Mata may not go down well with David de Gea and Ander Herrera, two of the Spaniard’s closest friends in the United squad.
Blind is not a Mourinho-type defender
As for Blind, the versatile Dutch defender has enjoyed a decent second season with United but does not fit the “physical profile” Mourinho looks for in his central defenders. For this reason, along with Mata, he has been deemed surplus to requirements.
While Mata is yet to speak out about the decision to replace Louis van Gaal with Mourinho, Blind admitted last week he was disappointed by the news.
"I always worked well with him and would have been keen that the co-operation lasted longer," Blind told reporters. "Over the last six months he has not been treated fairly. I think a manager like Louis van Gaal, who has achieved so much already, deserved more respect.
"Even though there was so much being written about him losing his job over the last months, he always looked to protect and shelter us. It is not easy for a coach if you are repeatedly being fired in the newspapers."
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