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Mourinho set to sack nine players

Manchester United manager, Jose Mourinho will reportedly speak to as many as nine players about leaving the club throughout Thursday.

Mourinho is understood to want to trim his squad down to 24 players before the start of the new season, with the first-team roster currently containing 34 players.

The likes of Juan Mata, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have been linked with permanent moves away from the club, but the Daily Mail reports that Mourinho will first focus on sending a number of players out on loan.

Andreas Pereira, Cameron Borthwick-Jackson, Tyler Blackett and Paddy McNair are all expected to leave Old Trafford on a temporary basis, while Adnan Januzaj, Will Keane and James Wilson will also meet with Mourinho.

United will take on Leicester City in the Community Shield on August 7 before beginning their Premier League campaign away to Bournemouth a week later.

Manchester United captain Wayne Rooney believes new manager Jose Mourinho has restored a “winning mentality” at Old Trafford.

“It’s always great to get a new manager but when you get someone in the stature of Jose Mourinho he’s great to work under and he’s brought a winning mentality back to the club,” Rooney told Manchester radio station Key 103 on Friday.

“Manchester United as a football club we have to win and we have to deliver for him,” the England captain added.

“There’s pressure on the players but we’re ready and I think this season we’ll give a real challenge on all fronts.

“He’s come in, he’s been great with the players. The training has been hard but enjoyable.

“We’re ready, we’re working hard. We know it’s a big season for us.

“He’s made, in my opinion, some great signings who have gelled in really well with the squad so it’s exciting times,” the 30-year-old striker added.

Rooney needs just five more goals to break United’s all-time scoring record held by England great and 1966 World Cup-winner Bobby Charlton.

He, is however, already planning for life after his playing days are over.

“I’ve started taking my coaching badges now so that will probably take about four or five years to complete,” Rooney said.

“Of course I’ve got a lot of experience playing football so I think it would be criminal if I didn’t try and pass that knowledge on, so hopefully when I finish playing I can get some role as a manager or coach and try and use the experience I’ve built up over the years.”

Mourinho has already brought in several players to United, including defender Eric Bailly, midfielder Henrikh Mkhitaryan and striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

The Old Trafford club are also understood to be pursuing a potentially record-breaking deal for Juventus’s France midfielder Paul Pogba.


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