Jose Mourinho isn’t having much joy at Manchester United so far this season, and according to reports his solution is to oversee a massive overhaul.
United have now lost five in 17 games under the Portuguese tactician this season following on from their defeat to Fenerbahce in the Europa League on Thursday night, which in turn has left him scratching his head.
Having invested heavily in the spine of the team, it hasn’t led to the desired results to this point, and it has led to further difficult questions as to how United fix their woes.
According to The Telegraph, it will involve a mass exodus over the next two transfer windows which will see up to eight players axed by the Portuguese tactician.
It’s claimed in the report that defenders Marcos Rojo, Matteo Darmian and Phil Jones will be allowed to leave, as will midfielders Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin and Michael Carrick.
Memphis Depay and Ashley Young round off the eight-man list, and it is certainly a major step for the club to take if they do plan on giving Mourinho time and resources to turn their struggles around.
Ultimately, United can’t afford to continue to make managerial changes every couple of years as it will lead to a continuous cycle of rebuilding that will arguably do them more harm than good.
They must be willing to show faith in Mourinho and give him time and patience to rebuild the squad and ensure that they are capable of competing for titles and that will likely take a few more transfer windows to get everything in place.