Manchester United Football Club have had a mixed season, with Jose Mourinho’s men winning the EFL Cup and sitting pretty in the final of the Europa League, whilst also not being anywhere close to good enough in the bread and butter of the Premier League.
The manager did make some brilliant signings over the summer, but based on performances this season, it’s pretty evident that this was just the start of the job. The self-proclaimed Special One has quite the job at hand, and there is still an awful lot of deadwood in that squad that needs clearing out.
We’ve compiled a list including three players who we personally feel just aren’t good enough anymore. Please, don’t take this as gospel, it’s just our opinion as we feel their performance levels aren’t anywhere near up to scratch.
First up, we have Phil Jones. My biggest concern with the English centre-half is the fact that he is constantly injured. We’ve barely seen him all term, and when he has played, the defender has looked like a bull in a china shop at times.
Once, he was touted as the next Duncan Edwards which are huge boots to fill, but he has a hell of a lot of improving to do if he is to get anything close to that level. If I were Mourinho, I’d seriously be considering cashing in whilst he still has some sort of sell-on value.
Potential replacement: Raphael Varane
The second of the newly-named ‘Chuckle Brothers’. Smalling’s demise has been more abrupt, as it wasn’t that long ago he was Louis van Gaal’s go-to centre-half. This season, his positioning has been nothing short of woeful and he just looks lost playing in a Premier League side.
Recently, he’s actually looked every bit a Non-League footballer and it’s disappointing to see. Mourinho will not be happy with what he’s seeing from an England regular, and there are definitely more viable options out there.
Potential replacement: Michael Keane
England and Manchester United captain (somehow). The 31-year-old from Croxteth has been truly awful all season, despite the fact that he is now our top goalscorer of all time. He cannot pass a ball, has no pace and his passion just seems to have totally diminished.
He actually brings nothing to the table, and to watch it end like this is just heartbreaking. It feels as though Mourinho is handing him pity starts in meaningless Premier League games, before he decides to sell him to China or elsewhere as soon as the window opens.
Potential replacement: James Rodriguez