Jose Mourinho's arrival at Manchester United was always likely to signal the departure of some big names who have disappointed the Old Trafford faithful over the last three years.
Known for his ruthless nature, Mourinho was expected to make wholesale changes this summer to mould his new squad to his liking.
However, with little sign of any stars being shown the exit any time soon, it is now believed the ex-Chelsea boss could now give those in most danger a stay of execution.
Juan Mata, Marouane Fellaini and Daley Blind were all at risk of not making the cut when Mourinho was initially appointed but a report in the Daily Mail suggests all three will be given a chance to prove themselves over the course of pre-season.
Mata has already been sold once by Mourinho and many fans thought a similar outcome was just around the corner once the Portuguese boss was chosen to replace Louis van Gaal in May.
A lack of interested suitors who can afford the Spaniard's wages may have been a factor but the new Man United manager is confident he can look past his previous concerns regarding Mata's tactical flexibility and lack of pace to get the best out of the 28-year-old.
In a stark contrast to Mata's relationship with Red Devils' supporters, Fellaini is still yet to win over the majority of the Old Trafford faithful since David Moyes brought him to the club in 2013.
But Mourinho is set to disappoint fans hoping the Belgian would leave this summer and views the former Everton star's aggression as a useful tool that could come in handy over the course of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Blind became a first choice centre-back under Van Gaal last season but Mourinho's first signing as Man United manager -Villareal defender Eric Bailly - raised concerns regarding how the Dutchman would feature in the new set up.
But again, Mourinho is reportedly willing to watch Blind's progress over the coming month to examine what role the former Ajax man can play.
Mourinho's United are set to step up their preparations for next season by flying out to China on Tuesday, however many of their stars who competed at Euro 2016 are unlikely to feature on the tour.
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