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Mourinho doesn't want 13 United players.

Jose Mourinho wants to sell 13 Manchester United players this summer

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Football fans anticipated change upon Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United, but no one expected him to be quite as ruthless as he has been.

Various sources suggest the Portuguese will sell a number of players this summer in a bid to dramatically revamp a squad that underwhelmed last term.

In turn, Mourinho is also tipped to sign a number of top-quality additions, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Eric Bailly included.

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However, it would seem that his transfer list contains more than just the five or six players rumoured to be shown the exit door over the course of the next few months.

No, according to El Confidencial, per Goal, the 53-year-old plans to transfer list no less than 13 - that's right, 13 - United players. That's near enough a full match-day squad.

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Mourinho clearly isn't messing around. The question remains, though, of how on earth he plans to replace each and every player he intends to sell.

After meeting with executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward on Friday, here's who he has reportedly transfer listed (take a deep breath): Juan Mata, Ander Herrera, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Michael Carrick, Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Guillermo Varela, Matteo Darmian, Memphis Depay, Luke Shaw, Sergio Romero, Marcus Rojo and Antonio Valencia.

Ouch. Mourinho clearly doesn’t think much of the squad Louis van Gaal and David Moyes helped to assemble.

There are a few shock inclusions in that list, of course, but it’s easy to see why the vast majority are being put up for sale.

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Schweinsteiger, Fellaini and Depay, for example, all endured frustrating campaigns, whilst Young is on the wane and Mata, put simply, isn’t in Mourinho’s good books.

Shaw is arguably the biggest surprise of the 13 names due to be released, but it’s more likely that Mourinho wants to send him out on loan rather than cash in.

However, one player who appears set to stay at Old Trafford is David de Gea.

The Spaniard has once again been linked with a move to Real Madrid in recent weeks, but it seems that Los Blancos are happy with current shot-stopper Keylor Navas and won’t trigger De Gea’s €50 million release clause, which expires on June 15.

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It’s all happening at Old Trafford, then.

Furthermore, Villarreal centre-back Bailly is reportedly on the verge of signing for £27.6 million after club official Fernando Roig Negueroles confirmed the 22-year-old is free to join United - if the price is right.

He said, per Manchester Evening News: “There is a team that is very interested and if the three parties agree there will be no problems.

“If the player wants to leave and Manchester are willing to pay, we will reach an agreement."

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