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Jose Mourinho targeting four exciting players once Pogba & Martial leave Man Utd

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If evidence was needed of just how inconsistent Manchester United have become under Jose Mourinho, then Sunday's 1-0 defeat to West Brom at home provided it.

Alexis Sanchez, Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku all started for United yet they were unable to score past a side that is currently rock bottom of the Premier League and has conceded 52 goals.

Their abject performance was in stark contrast to eight days previously, when they recovered from 2-0 down against Manchester City to win 3-2 at the Etihad.

By beating City, the Red Devils stopped their rivals from celebrating winning the Premier League - not that it matters anymore.

United's defeat to West Brom meant City were crowned champions anyway, meaning Mourinho's wait for the title will extend to his third season in charge.

Big change is on the horizon at the Theatre of Dreams and Gary Neville believes his former side need to sell and sign three or four players in order to challenge next season.

"I didn't see it coming, it was a dismal, a weak day for United," said the former right-back on Monday Night Football. "They started the season trying to rid themselves of these performances.


"Mourinho referred to attitude and consistency, he needs to identify the ones causing those problems and they need to go.

"I think there will be three or four players leaving and the same number coming in. He's got to make that gap up and it's going to be tough.

"Consistency is about mentality and the players fell well below that considering the last couple of weeks.”

Mourinho has reportedly decided the four players he wants to sell this summer and now, according to Manchester Evening News, the Portuguese has lined up four replacements.


Pogba, Anthony Martial, Daley Blind and Matteo Darmian are the players heading for the exit, making room for Jorginho, Fred, Toby Alderweireld and Alex Sandro respectively.

What's clear is Mourinho wants to sign direct replacements using the money generated from sales, with Alderweireld a centre-back (Blind) and Sandro a left-back (Darmian).

Then you have Jorginho and Fred in midfield (Pogba) which just leaves Martial to be replaced, though United have plenty of attacking options already.

It's a clever plan from Mourinho but whether he can make each transfer happen is another story entirely.

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