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Mourinho is set to decide on nine players' fate.

Jose Mourinho to hold crunch talks with nine Man Utd players - four names revealed

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With three summer signings - and a potential fourth - wrapped up at Manchester United, it would seem Jose Mourinho's attention has now turned to potential departures.

The Portuguese has a huge squad to pick from ahead of the new Premier League season, with a number of below-par players set to be shown the exit door.

Indeed, after spending somewhere in the region of £175 million on new additions - Paul Pogba's rumoured £112 million move included - Mourinho needs to balance the books somewhat.

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Guesses have been made regarding who the former Chelsea boss will axe at Old Trafford, but according to the Daily Mail, Mourinho is set to hold crunch talks with nine players to reveal their fate.

Of those nine, four names have been revealed: Andreas Pereira, Will Keane, Adnan Januzaj and James Wilson.

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The quartet are expected to be told to leave, whether it be on loan or permanently.

Mourinho has reportedly divided the nine individuals into 'potential Manchester United players' and those who haven't got a future at the Theatre of Dreams.

Where the remaining five unnamed players are concerned, the likes of Memphis Depay, Phil Jones, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Marouane Fellaini will all be looking over their shoulders over the next few days.

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Depay is particularly at threat of being axed following a debut season where the Dutchman flattered to deceive under Louis van Gaal.

Two disappointing pre-season performances against Wigan and Borussia Dortmund have only raised further doubt over his future.

Where Fellaini is concerned, the Belgium international has been linked with a £13 million move to reunite with David Moyes at Sunderland.

Should interest materialise, it's likely Mourinho would jump at the opportunity to cash in on the much-maligned midfielder, who has failed to impress since signing for £27.5 million in 2013.

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Schweinsteiger's future is in doubt too, especially so with Pogba expected to complete a record-breaking return in the coming days.

With competition for places in central midfield high, the German's chances of nailing down a starting role are slight.

As for Jones - well, judging by his erratic performance against Dortmund last week and numerous injury woes, his time at United might be up.

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