Manchester United: 3 players in, 3 players out this summer?

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It is a time of change at Manchester United after the two year managerial reign of Louis Van Gall was recently ended to make way for the long anticipated arrival of Jose Mourinho.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss arrives at Old Trafford and could be set to launch a major turn around at the club.

A new era?

We could be about to see a lot of players both in and out at Old Trafford, but there may be three top names set to go each way.


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Here we take a look at three players who we could see arrive at Old Trafford this Summer and three players who could be set to depart the lands of Manchester.

Players in

John Stones - Everton

After a lot of speculation in recent transfer windows, United could be the team set to convince the England centre back that now is the time to leave Goodison Park.

The Everton defender has endured a deeply disappointing season with the Toffees but remains one of the brightest young talents in the country.

There is no doubt that Stones will be hoping to move on from Merseyside, with the hope of taking his career to the next level and Mourinho is well aware of that.

One may feel that if Mourinho puts in a £50million bid, like he did at Chelsea last year, then Everton will have no choice but to accept.

Zlatan Ibrahimovic - Free agent

Some might say this one is too obvious, but it could also be the most significant signing they make this summer.

Ibrahimovic is on the move this summer after a glittering spell in France, having elected to leave PSG following his best goal scoring season in Ligue 1 - proving once again that he has yet to start his decline.

Several suitors - from England to China – have been flirting with the prospect of snapping up Europe’s hottest free agent.

Ibrahimovic himself has been fluttering his eyes at  move to Old Trafford and Zlatan has stated that Manchester United is the only English club he would consider joining.

With the big Swede approaching the end of his career, one would imagine that a big money move to China may be too tempting to refuse.

However, a reunion with Mourinho - who he worked very successfully with at Inter Milan - would be a tough opportunity to turn down.

Zlatan stated recently: "I believe he is the man to take them back to the top. Wherever he went he has won. He knows what he is doing. If you want to win, you bring Mourinho."

Ibrahimovic is full of praise for the Special One, but with Euro 2016 fast approaching, Zlatan may be more focused on captaining Sweden right now than signing for a new team.

William Carvalho - Sporting Lisbon

After Renato Sanches' move to Bayern, Carvalho is probably the next most highly coveted young midfielder in world football.

The Portuguese starlet is on the radar of many of Europe’s top clubs right now and has been for the last few years.

It's interesting that both Mourinho and Carvalho share the same super-agent which makes this move increasingly likely.

Add in the potential departure of Michael Carrick, the aging Bastian Schweinsteiger, the underperforming Morgan Schneiderlin and the often criticised Marouane Fellaini, Carvalho seems to possess the credentials to make him a hit under Mourinho.

Players Out:

Juan Mata

Arguably the obvious choice, the wonderfully gifted Spaniard, possesses a wide range of abilities that would benefit any side. 

However, his talents were lost under Mourinho at Chelsea and the Special One is unlikely to have warmed to them much since then.

Mata's subtleness isn't suited to Mourinho's more sledgehammer, upfront, direct style, and it is likely that he will be ushered out of Old Trafford once Mourinho establishes himself.

Marcus Rojo

This isn't because of style or managerial preference, it's simply because Marcus Rojo is an average player.

It's hard to imagine Mourinho tolerating a defender who hasn’t been at his best defensively, especially since Mourinho prides himself in a solid defensive record.

He may survive the early stages while replacements are found but he doesn't seem long for Old Trafford.

With the return of Luke Shaw and Phil Jones from injury, as well as the potential signing of John Stones, it seems the Argentinian defender will fall out of favour.

Memphis Depay

Mourinho doesn't do one trick ponies and if that one trick is cutting in, and whacking the ball into the stands then his patience will be particularly thin.

Depay doesn't do nearly enough defending for Mourinho's liking, and hasn't shown the finishing product to make up for his lack of defensive abilities.

Mourinho only makes allowances for very few, and they have to be producing the goods. Juan Mata didn’t make the cut at Chelsea for example.

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