Jose Mourinho will clearly have huge plans to overhaul and change the Manchester United squad from now until the big kick-off in just a few weeks, and there are players who simply have to impress the new boss – for different reasons.
There have been whispers about a couple of these guys, suggesting that they could be on the way out. Whereas the third player on the list has to show exactly what he is capable of, after being out injured for a whole year.
Juan Mata – First up is Juan Mata. The Spaniard is back in training with the rest of the squad after a quiet summer for him. We all know that Mata and Mourinho have never seen eye to eye, and you’d imagine he’ll have to make an immediate impression if he has any chance to stay.
Daley Blind – The versatile Dutchman could well be in the firing line. Mourinho made it clear that he wants ‘specialist’ players rather than guys who can play in multiple positions. Blind will have to nail down a position, and stick to that spot.
Luke Shaw – We could well see Luke Shaw back involved this weekend, and he has to put on a good display for his own benefits. He has been out injured for so long, and it’d be a brilliant confidence booster if he can come in and pick up where he left off.