Manchester United Transfer News: Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo in 4-man exit

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has reportedly put four players in the Red Devils squad up for sale. They are: Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, and Juan Mata.

According to the Daily Record, the Special One believes the three signed by Louis van Gaal and the Spanish international are no longer needed at the club, and their sales can lead to a profit for the club.

Sam Tighe of Bleacher Report believes three of them could be at risk of being axed this summer:
Blind is seemingly down the pecking order in the United’s midfield, while Mourinho thinks the player does not possess the physical stature to be a first choice in his defence.


While the Dutchman isn't the strongest or the quickest, he formed a surprisingly effective partnership with Chris Smalling in the last campaign and helped the Red Devils boast the joint-best defence in the Premier League last season.

His effort impressed Football writer Liam Canning and he said:
Additionally, he has strong technical abilities and comfortable in possession, with excellent distribution. According to Dave from Squawka, the Dutchman tries to move the ball forward rather than just sideways. His comment can be seen below:
Without a doubt, while Blind may not command a starting berth with Man United next season, his versatility and brilliant performances make him an invaluable squad player.


Marcos Rojo also made a far less convincing case for staying at United, more particularly with Luke Shaw, set to resume his position at left-back and the variety of options in front to him in the centre.

The Argentine international made just 16 league appearances last season and wasn't particularly impressive. Samuel Luckhurst of the Manchester Evening News believes he's been below par:
WhoScored.com note that United have actually been better at both ends of the pitch with him on it:
However, he's arguably the weakest of the four players on the exit list, so it wouldn't be at all surprising if he were moved on.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, perhaps because of his huge reputation, received criticism from some sections of United support last season as he struggled to make an impact during the 18 league appearances he made last season.


However, Canning still believes the German is worth persevering at Old Trafford, though:
His brilliant performances for Die Mannschaft at UEFA Euro 2016 certainly showed he's still capable of operating at a high level, per the M.E.N's Stuart Mathieson:
Indeed, the 31-year-old may not be the most mobile of midfielders and if he plays alongside the similarly limited Michael Carrick and Marouane Fellaini next season that could pose a problem, but he's still more than capable of doing a job for United in midfield and adding a touch of class.

As for Mata, his days appeared to be numbered when Mourinho joined given their history: the Portuguese sold him when they were at Chelsea together and Henrikh Mkhitaryan's arrival will only hasten his exit in all likelihood.

There is deadwood to be cleared out of the United squad, and it certainly seems as though Mata and Rojo might be among those sold, but Schweinsteiger and Blind deserve another season.

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