Man Utd have been long touted with planning a squad reshuffle in the season to come. This has been linked with the possibility that players who don’t enjoy a regular role will have to depart the franchise in the summer window.
Names that The Times put forward as having been told they could leave were the sparsely used defensive pair of Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind. Both individuals are believed to hold interest from Italian clubs.
However, a contradicting revelation has come to light, and it comes straight from Jose Mourinho himself. Speaking in his pre-match conference ahead of the encounter with Brighton, the gaffer revealed:
“They are part of my plans. I think when a player wants to go, if that’s the case and the right offers arrive in the club, we study that, because we always try to have the players happy.”
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While this doesn’t rule out a departure, it is certainly different from the report which stated that the players were surplus to requirements, which frankly is also a conclusion from the manner in which they have been used this season.
Jose added: “So if happiness means for them to leave, let’s see what happens, but they are in my plans. I don’t want to sell [them], I want to keep [them].”
A similar update was provided in the case of Marouane Fellaini, and this was one where the Portuguese gaffer was equally liberal:
“I’m still positive. He’s important. He’s a player that I like. In Marouane’s case, the destiny is in his hands and he will decide what makes him happy. He knows that I want him to stay and he knows that the club wants him to stay. He has an offer from us and it’s up to him to say ‘yes’ or ‘no’.”
What will be the answer that the trio gives as to their future at Old Trafford?