After losing 2-1 in the UEFA Super Cup, it’s clearer than ever that Manchester United still have a long way to go before they reach their former glories. This summer José Mourinho has spent quite a lot on new signings, but it’s the deadwood in the squad that he must now focus on.
There are certain players currently in the United squad that wouldn’t even make the rosters of Watford or West Ham. If United are to return to the pinnacle of English football, they must first clear out the average players in their squad.
Here are 3 players Manchester United need to sell.
Since joining the club in 2010, Chris Smalling’s most memorable moment is him getting sent off in the Manchester derby two years ago. All in all, it’s not been a good seven years for the Englishman, and some would even say he hasn’t improved one bit.
The 27-year old has now played under three different Manchester United managers, but never has his relationship been rockier with a coach than now. The 54-year old criticised Smalling last year for being too ‘cautious’ in relation to injury rehabilitation, and the Portuguese coach was basically implying Smalling wasn’t committed or dedicated to the team.
With the emergence of new signing Victor Lindelöf, it’s almost guaranteed that José Mourinho will go into the new season with Eric Bailly and the Swede as his first choice CB partnership. Seeing as his coach already questions his dedication to the team, it’d be best for Smalling to find playing time at a club more suited to his level.