Jose Mourinho to Manchester United: 5 players can be brilliant

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Manchester United are set to appoint Jose Mourinho imminently and it could change everything for the club. 

The self-proclaimed 'Special One' has been out of work since December following a nightmare opening half to the 2015/16 campaign with Chelsea. 

Mourinho's torrid few months at Stamford Bridge hasn't put off the United hierarchy, however, and it's now extremely likely that he will be in charge of the Red Devils ahead of the new season. 


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In recent days, then, there have been numerous reports surrounding the potential incomings and outgoings at the Theatre of Dreams. 

After United failed to secure a place in the top four of the Premier League this past season - they were pipped to a Champions League spot by rivals Manchester City - there's every chance that the revered coach will look to make changes to the squad. 

But he will be well aware that there's already a great deal of talent in the ranks at Old Trafford. 

Which players could be brilliant under his regime? Here are five candidates: 

Anthony Martial

This one is easy: Anthony Martial would probably shine under just about any manager. The Frenchman is a special talent and will only continue to produce the goods under Mourinho. The notion that the ex-Real Madrid coach doesn't play exciting football isn't entirely correct. 

He has utilised exciting players admirably in the past - the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Eden Hazard (in the 2013/14 season, of course), Zlatan Ibrahimovic and co. have excelled under his regime - so there's no reason why Martial won't play a key role for the club once again this term. 

It's safe to say that no one will be able to stop Martial becoming one of the leading forward players in Europe. Mourinho will quickly recognise that he is a unique individual at his disposal. 

Wayne Rooney 

What should Mourinho do with Wayne Rooney? It could depend on potential incomings, of course; if Zlatan Ibrahimovic arrives then surely the United captain will be handed a permanent role in the middle of the park. 

But it would be foolish to write off Rooney under Mourinho. It was well documented that the incoming United manager previously attempted to secure Rooney's services while in charge of Chelsea, so now he will get his chance to work with him. 

And expect him to take it. The United ace, who has endured a tricky year under Louis van Gaal, should flourish next season. Mourinho will surely give Rooney the license to once again express himself - whether that's in attack or in midfield. The addition of Mourinho should come as a welcome boost for the United skipper, who will have a point to prove in 2016/17. 

Morgan Schneiderlin 

It has truly been a difficult debut campaign for Morgan Schneiderlin at Manchester United. For one reason or another, he has failed to establish himself as a key player for the club, but expect things to be different for him next term. 

Schneiderlin most definitely has the attributes to become a success story at Old Trafford and Mourinho should help him come to prominence. Nemanja Matic excelled under the unpredictable coach at Chelsea and Schneiderlin could do something similar. 

The ex-Saints man appeared to be the perfect signing for the Red Devils last summer and there could be one man to get the best out of him. 

Memphis Depay 

Another player to have experienced a difficult first season in Manchester is Dutchman Memphis Depay. The former PSV man, who landed himself the club's famous number seven shirt last summer, has been nowhere near the required level of a Manchester United player. But is he completely to blame? 

Perhaps his attitude could have been better, but we're all well aware that ex-United boss Van Gaal isn't exactly one to help exciting attacking players thrive. Look what happened to Angel di Maria. 

Memphis needs to be handled correctly and it would be foolish to suggest that Mourinho hasn't got the managerial prowess to get the best out of him. Memphis could be one of the most exciting players in England over the coming years, but he needs someone to believe in him. 

Timothy Fosu-Mensah

Timothy Fosu-Mensah could be Manchester United's right-back for the next decade. He seriously has that much quality. It's truly incredible that he's only 18-years-old. He's tactically astute, powerful and good on the ball: he's everything Mourinho likes in a defender. 

Of course, critics will say that Mourinho doesn't have the best track record with youth, but he will be well aware that he must change his ways at the Theatre of Dreams. Perhaps, then, handing Fosu-Mensah a prominent role in the side will quickly prove a few people wrong. 

As mentioned, Fosu-Mensah has everything a Manchester United player and a Mourinho player needs. While the likes of Martial and Marcus Rashford have hogged the headlines this season, Fosu-Mensah could establish himself as one of the club's leading young players sooner rather than later. 

Manchester United fans: which players do you expect to thrive next season? Have your say below! 

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