With José Mourinho’s arrival as the new Manchester United manager, fans are curious to know what’s happening behind the scenes at Old Trafford. Who will stay and who will leave are amongst the most asked questions by United fans on social media.
We may have some answers from the reliable Duncan Castles, who is also considered to be the mouthpiece for the Mourinho camp.
According to Duncan Castles, José Mourinho mainly plans to use to use a 4-2-3-1 formation at Manchester United. The preferred front four would contain Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with whom Mourinho has enjoyed some successful time when he managed the big Swede at Inter Milan. Ibrahimovic is tall, physically imposing, more than content to operate as a solo centre-forward. Ibrahimovic has previously stated that he loves working with Mourinho.
Behind Ibrahimovic would be captain Wayne Rooney. The Red Devils boss clearly stated in his first press conference that he does not see Wayne Rooney as a midfielder. Over the years Rooney has been on a decline, both in form and fitness. He should take advantage of assistant manager Rui Faria’s fitness programs.
New signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan will play on the right. Mkhitaryan can play on the left, through the centre and on the right. This ability of his would come useful while switching positions. He has the ability to either cut in inside and work the defenders or to go wide and stretch the defence, according to what the situation demands.
On the left would be the young Frenchman, Anthony Martial. He had an excellent first season for Manchester United, ending the campaign as their top scorer. Martial is pacey and knows how to beat a man. Someone with his potential can only keep growing.
Among the list of players leaving the club, as mentioned by Duncan Castles, are Daley Blind, Marco Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Spaniard Juan Mata.
At United, Mourinho envisages a core unit of 14 or 15 starters, within an overall group of 20 outfield players, and three goalkeepers. He will consider other departures based on the player’s attitudes during preseason and training.
Marouane Fellaini is considered to be a surprise survivor of Mourinho’s clearing off of deadwood. The midfielder offers height and power in the midfield.
Ander Herrera and Morgan Schneiderlin will have to fight it out for the midfield role alongside eventual signing Paul Pogba. Michael Carrick, who was offered a new contract under José Mourinho, is expected to play a part too.