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Jose Mourinho preparing five-man Manchester United cull in January

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly set to offload up to five players in his current squad in the January transfer window.

The United manager is under pressure again after his side’s 4-0 loss to Chelsea on Sunday, as he now prepares his squad for the derby with Manchester City in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.

However, as reported by the Manchester Evening News, he could be set to make big changes to his squad in January with up to five individuals at risk of being offloaded.

It’s claimed that Wayne Rooney and Morgan Schneiderlin could be set for the axe, while Bastian Schweinsteiger could be on the verge of agreeing a move to MLS.

Further, Memphis Depay and Matteo Darmian have failed to impress Mourinho, and in turn the pair could also be heading out of the Old Trafford exit door.

Rooney has dropped out of the starting line-up in recent weeks after failing to impress, while Schweinsteiger has been snubbed since the start of Mourinho’s reign.

Meanwhile, Schneiderlin has struggled for minutes while Depay and Darmian have been used but evidently aren’t first-choice options.

If true, it would be a drastic exodus from United who have been underwhelming in recent weeks after making a solid start to the campaign.

With their Portuguese boss still struggling to find the right balance and personnel in his starting line-up, it has led to a split in opinion on both Mourinho and United moving forward.

Given that there’s still two months to go before the turn of the year, Mourinho can’t afford to wait for the January transfer window to try and fix his problems. And so, he will have to work with what he currently has and ensure that there is immediate improvements in both performances and results as United look for consistency and to start closing the gap on their rivals at the top of the Premier League table.

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