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Five players who could be on their way out of Old Trafford

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After three years of mediocrity and misery for Manchester United fans, things are finally starting to look up again with the appointment of Jose Mourinho.

A manager as famed for his divisive coaching style as he is for the success it has brought him, Mourinho is sure to already have both a wealth of targets in mind for his new club, as well as a list of players he will be looking to offload as soon as possible.

As the summer transfer window approaches, and EURO 2016 places players firmly in the window for potential buyers once again, we take a look at five players who just might find themselves on their way out of Old Trafford over the next three months.


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Adnan Januzaj

The Theatre of Dreams' forgotten man. What ever happened to Adnan Januzaj?

After making a start most players can only dream of - scoring both goals in a 2-1 win against Sunderland on his first ever start for the club - Januzaj looked set to become yet another one of United's promising young players with the world at his feet.

Since then, however, things haven't gone exactly to plan. A fixture in the first team under former manager David Moyes - playing in 35 games in his debut season under the Scotsman - Januzaj struggled under successor Louis van Gaal, managing only a further 28 appearances in the subsequent two years.

After a failed loan spell at German outfit Borussia Dortmund last season, the 21-year-old's mindset has repeatedly been called into question, with many asking whether or not the young Belgian has the right mentality to succeed at a top European club.

With Mourinho renowned for his preference for players with a strong and steely mindset, Januzaj is either going to have to quickly adapt and recognise that it is about time he realised his potential, or start looking for a new club elsewhere.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata truly is a rarity in today's footballing world. A player near-universally adored due to his friendly and down to earth demeanour, many fans of the Red Devils would be very sad indeed to see the back of the popular Spaniard.

Having joined Manchester United for £37 million in 2014 from Premier League rivals Chelsea - who at the time, were managed by current United manager Jose Mourinho - Mata has since gone on to become something of a fan favourite, impressing fans with his attitude both on and off the pitch.

With 21 goals in his 86 league appearances for the club, the Spanish playmaker also has the benefit of having the stats on his side too, or so it would appear.

Mourinho however, famously sold the player - due to issues with both his work rate and physicality - just six months after he had been voted Chelsea's Player of the Season for the second consecutive year.

If, as expected, Mourinho's mentality remains much the same as it was at his previous club, then Mata's remaining days at United could sadly be numbered.

With the Spanish midfielder having played in both Spain and England however - as well as having gathered 41 caps for his national side - there is sure to be no shortage of suitors, should Mourinho and United choose to sell.

Memphis Depay

Another United player with bags of potential, but seemingly lacking in the necessary mindset required to succeed in England, Memphis Depay has a lot of improving to do if he is to justify his £25 million price tag.

After joining the club amidst a media frenzy - in which the 21-year-old Dutchman had been compared to everyone from Cristiano Ronaldo to Johan Cruyff - Depay made a promising start to his Old Trafford career, scoring two and assisting another in his team's 3-1 victory over Club Brugge in the first leg of the Champions League play-offs.

However, after his promising start, Depay's form quickly deteriorated, with both personal and physical issues reportedly to blame for Louis van Gaal's decision to drop the winger from his starting line-up.

Despite showing glimpses that he does possess some ability - putting in two fine performances against FC Midtjylland in United's Europa League run - the good performances were few and far between, whilst the abject were all too frequent.

Whilst Mourinho does have a history of getting the best out of notoriously hard-to-manage players - such as Mario Balotelli at Inter, and Eden Hazard at Chelsea - Depay will have very little time to prove to the Portuguese that he merits a place in United's starting line up come the start of next season.

Daley Blind

Another player who is both a fan favourite at the club and who has done very little to warrant a move away from the Theatre of Dreams this summer, Daley Blind was consistently one of the club's best players last campaign.

Shoe-horned into a under-performing team, in a role and position he was completely unfamiliar with, Blind could hardly have done more to prove to any incoming manager that he was both a player and personality within the dressing room who could be relied on.

Any incoming manager, except Mourinho. Concerned with both Blind's lack of pace and height for a modern centre back, the Portuguese coach has reportedly made bringing in a new centre back a top priority at this club.

Take into account the fact United are also reportedly in the market for a new holding midfielder - and already possess a very talented left back in Luke Shaw - and the situation for Blind next season certainly appears bleak.

Whilst it remains to be seen whether or not Mourinho will be willing to keep Blind on as a backup for the aforementioned positions, if it is regular first-team football that the Dutchman desires, it would appear that he faces an uphill struggle under the new manager.

Marcos Rojo

The final player facing a nervy summer at United and another man of whom big things were expected upon his arrival in the summer of 2014, Marcos Rojo is certainly still yet to justify the £16 million United splashed on him.

A man who previous manager Louis van Gaal used at left back, left wing back, centre back, and indeed even right back on occasion, Rojo's primary function within the United squad remains a mystery, despite the fact he has now been at the club for almost two years.

Like Blind, Rojo also falls victim to his preferred position - if you take this to be left back, as he plays for both his country and United more often than any other - being occupied by someone who is both younger and a more natural fit - Luke Shaw.

This leaves centre back as the only realistic option, and with Chris Smalling likely to retain his place heading into next year - and Mourinho reportedly still in the market for another - the chances of Rojo filling the other position on a consistent basis appear slim at best.

Whilst, again like fellow teammate Blind, Mourinho may choose to keep hold of the Argentine due to his versatility, if the new manager is to bring in both a new centre back and a holding midfielder, it would come as a shock to very few were Rojo sold to another club.

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