Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho seems to like to streamline his squads and work with a smaller number of uber-fit players. He did it at Chelsea and the recent departures of Memphis Depay and Morgan Schniederlin offer portents of a similar tactic at Old Trafford.
Mourinho has let two big money signings leave and looks relaxed about adding players in January.
Indeed, he may feel happy to let more peripheral squad players leave this month with Ashley Young the latest to be linked with a move.
British media outlet, The Daily Mail, reports:
Manchester United winger Ashley Young asks Jose Mourinho to sanction loan move away from Old Trafford
Young has played 30 times for England and scored seven goals in the process. Never one of TFF’s favourite players we have to admit to warming to him over the last few years.
This new found fondness is not necessarily due to his quality – we still think he struggles to beat a man on a regular enough basis – but because he is clearly a top pro and works so hard for the cause.
He is never one to make public declarations of annoyance and he gets on with his job whether he is selected to start for Manchester United or not.
For those reasons alone he could still have great value to a decent club. The 31-year-old also has great athleticism and fitness levels so we imagine he can play on for another few years yet.
But, unless he is going to be converted to a full back or wing back it’s hard to see where he would fit into the plans of Manchester United over the next few years.
Manchester United fans: time to get rid?