Jose Mourinho to PSG and five Manchester United players who could benefit from the manager’s departure

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It may be Jose Mourinho attempting to scare his current employers, or it could be news filler for the international break, but one way or another speculation that Manchester United could lose their manager to PSG is hotting up.

The Sun claim United are worried about the situation, with the Portuguese holding initial talks over replacing Unai Emery, while Don Balon claim his appointment has the support of influential star player Neymar.

Should United actually be worried? Despite a somewhat misleading flying start (a string of four-goal victories against relegation fodder), the Red Devils’ form has taken a hit since then, leaving them eight points off the pace in the title race.

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Jose Mourinho has been linked with PSG

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While Mourinho struggles in the big games, managing just one goal in his last ten away games against fellow top six sides, Manchester City have already beaten Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal this season by a 9-1 aggregate scoreline.

As well as that, it looks like Mourinho may be failing to truly get the best out of a number of players in his squad, with these five arguably likely to benefit if the former Chelsea boss were to take up an offer at the Parc des Princes…

Anthony Martial

Often used as an impact sub by Mourinho this season, it could surely be argued that Anthony Martial has done enough in those brief appearances to show he should be starting more games.

The France international exploded onto the scene in his first year at Old Trafford, when he finished as their top scorer and terrorised defenders with his pace and finishing ability.

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Anthony Martial has shone as a super-sub this season

For all Louis van Gaal’s flaws, he at least largely trusted Martial in his preferred centre-forward role, and the youngster has since gone backwards under Mourinho.

Were the Portuguese to leave, Martial could get the manager he deserves to help develop him into the world class striker he once looked like becoming.

Luke Shaw

Harshly overlooked for so long by Mourinho, it remains unclear what Luke Shaw has to do to get a game at Old Trafford.

The England international arrived at United as one of the most highly-rated young players in the country, but has had his fitness struggles in his time in Manchester.

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Luke Shaw has barely been given a chance by Jose Mourinho

Most notably, Shaw missed much of the 2015/16 campaign with a broken leg, but Mourinho doesn’t seem to have taken that into account as he seems to make something of a slow recovery.

The Sun have claimed Shaw could be loaned out in January, but a change in manager could prove a huge slice of luck for the player in terms of getting his United career back on track.

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