5 players who could be offloaded from Manchester United
Jose Mourinho is expected to trim the United squad. Here are the 5 most likely candidates to get the axe.
With the recent appointment of Jose Mourinho at Manchester United, the Portuguese manager was successful in his bid to get hold of big names like Zlatan Ibrahimovic, former Borussia Dortmund playmaker Henrikh Mkhitaryan as well as young prospect Eric Bailly from Villarreal.
The transfer business simply doesn't stop here, though. Even after the English side managed to sign quality players, they still look to be hungry for world class signings, most notably with the saga of Paul Pogba making a big money move back to Old Trafford from Juventus.
In order to balance this out, there is expected to be an exodus of unwanted players, as United look to get into fighting shape ahead of the new English Premier League season.
Former United gaffer Louis Van Gaal pulled off a major coup as he was successful in securing the services of German International midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger last year. With a reported fee of £6.5million and having signed a three-year contract, he was very highly expected to shine and play a vital role in United's overall season for 2015/2016.
However, things didn't turn out to be the way they were supposed to. The now 31-year-old midfielder only managed to make 18 appearances as he was out on the sidelines with injury for most of the season. So far, Bastian only scored once, equalising with a header in a 1-1 draw against league winners Leicester City.
As a result of such weak performances, United supporters can now expect the player to have a future elsewhere with a number of clubs said to be interested in him. A move looks imminent as Schweinsteiger was even left out from the squad for their pre-season tour to China.
According to Turkish media outlet Fanatik, Besiktas are reportedly interested in the ex-Bayern Munich player after understanding that Jose Mourinho doesn't have him in his plans for the upcoming season. The Turkish side have contacted Manchester United for a possible loan move.