It’s looking pretty much certain that Jose Mourinho will replace Louis van Gaal at Manchester United and the Portuguese coach has already told Ed Woodward to sell two players this summer.
According to the Daily Mail, Mourinho outlined his intentions for the United squad during a recent meeting with the Red Devils’ executive vice-chairman.
And the players he wants sold? No prizes if you correctly guessed either Juan Mata or Marouane Fellaini.
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Mata was sold to Manchester United in January 2014 by Mourinho, who felt the Spain international lacked the pace and power to make his first-choice XI.
The former Valencia star had been named as Chelsea’s Player of the Year in two consecutive seasons before Mourinho’s return to Stamford Bridge in the summer of 2013 - but that didn’t matter a jot to the world-class coach.
Mourinho wants Mata gone before he arrives
Mourinho’s opinion on Mata has not changed over the past two years and, according to the Mail, he wants the playmaker out of Old Trafford before he takes over at the club.
A return to Spain - possibly Valencia, who are unlikely to be coached by Gary Neville next season - would appear to be the most likely outcome for the 27-year-old.
Mata was effectively deemed a luxury player by Mourinho but, in an interview with the Times back in October, the Spaniard hit back.
"If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I'm happy to be a luxury player,” he was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. "I want luxury players in my team. I like creative players and players who do different things. It's easy to say certain players are luxuries, especially when you've lost a game.
"I've scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less.
"In terms of scoring and assisting and I'm quite happy with the stats, and stats don't lie. They are facts."
United fans won't be sad to see Fellaini leave
Mata is loved by the United fans - not that it will matter to Mourinho - which is more than can be said for Fellaini.
The Belgium international is synonymous with the failed David Moyes era - the former Everton boss brought the midfielder with him from Goodison Park after taking over at United in the summer of 2013 - and has become a much-maligned figure at Old Trafford.
Van Gaal was expected to offload Fellaini, who cost £27.5 million, on arrival at United - but the veteran Dutch coach took to the 28-year-old thanks to his versatility.
If Mourinho is the man who replaces Van Gaal this summer, it’s safe to assume Fellaini will not play another match for the Red Devils after this summer.
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