Manchester United squad split over prospect of Jose Mourinho arrival

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Manchester United’s squad is split over the prospect of Jose Mourinho replacing Louis van Gaal this summer.

And, according to The Sun, there are two main reasons for that.

The 50 per cent who don’t want Mourinho fear the Portuguese coach’s arrival will lead to the departure of the popular Ryan Giggs. Furthermore, the same group of players - presumably including Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini - are worried Mourinho will tear the current squad apart.


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It was reported by the Telegraph on Wednesday that Mourinho will want his trusted assistant Rui Faria, rather than Giggs, to be his No. 2 at Old Trafford.

Faria has been with Mourinho throughout his compatriot’s managerial career and the two Portuguese coaches have enjoyed huge success together over the years.

Giggs likely to leave if Mourinho arrives

Rather than sticking around - if Mourinho wanted him to - Giggs is likely to begin his own managerial career away from Old Trafford.

The United legend had been tipped to replace Van Gaal - not least by Van Gaal himself - but Ed Woodward and the Glazer family have been forced into action after Manchester City secured the services of Pep Guardiola last week.

Mass departures also likely under Mourinho

If - or, rather, when - Mourinho takes over from the beleaguered Van Gaal this summer, mass departures seems inevitable, and this is the other big concern for Manchester United’s current batch of stars.

The Daily Mail understand that Mata and Fellaini are likely to be the first two big-name players out the door - Mourinho has already held talks with Woodward over this matter - and others will follow.

Any player Mourinho deems surplus to requirements - and there are a fair few candidates - is likely to find himself at another club in time for the 2016-17 campaign.

But fans are likely to be pleased by the prospect of Mourinho overhauling Van Gaal’s under-performing squad - and it seems the other half of the United dressing room aren’t too concerned, either.

Which other players could be axed by Mourinho?

So, which other players - aside from Mata and Fellaini - might be in danger of the axe following Mourinho’s arrival?

Daley Blind

The Dutch international has performed reasonably well as a makeshift centre-back for United but Mourinho is likely to bring in a top-class central defender.

Sergio Romero

Not good enough for Manchester United.

Phil Jones

Too injury prone and, even when fit, he’s hardly the most reliable centre-back.

Antonio Valencia

Too limited to play for a Jose Mourinho team.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

Not the player he once was.

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