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Mourinho's United; Who will stay and who will go?


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As Jose Mourinho settles into his new surroundings at Old Trafford, we explore how he might re-shape the 2016 FA Cup winning squad. 

David De Gea - STAY In a squad bereft of "world class" players, United have a goalkeeper who is in worthy of that tag.  The outstanding performer in an average United team, Mourinho will hope to fend off interest from Real Madrid who will undoubtedly set about their annual pursuit of the talented Spaniard. 

Antonio Valencia - GO With his propensity to favour physically imposing full-backs, Valencia does not appear to fit the Mourinho mould.  He may yet survive as an option further up the field but he may well have run his race in a United shirt. 

Chris Smalling - STAY Grew in stature as the season progressed and became a mainstay in the centre of defence for both club and country.  Still young and with impressive physical stature, Smalling is likely to be a key part of the squad next campaign. 

Daley Blind - GO Mr Versatility.  Solid yet unspectacular wherever he plays, Blind will likely be deemed surplus to requirements.  Undoubtedly a talented footballer, Blind is likely to command a sizeable transfer fee which Mourinho could use to re-invest in a player more suited to his style.  A move to Barcelona has been mooted for the Dutchman where he would appear to be an excellent long-term replacement for Javier Masherano. 

Marcos Rojo - GO Has never entirely convinced in a United shirt, Rojo was brought to play as part of a back 3 under Louis van Gaal.  When this formation was dropped, Rojo became vulnerable and it is likely Mourinho may look to move him on in the summer.

Marouane Fellaini - STAY Much maligned since being brought to Old Trafford under David Moyes, the Belgian has proved effective at times when they play to his strengths.  Mourinho may feel that with his physique, he could be an asset worth keeping to provide him with a different option.  Could be a surprise under the new regime. 

Michael Carrick - STAY Out of contract, reports suggest he is to be offered an extension to remain with the club next season.  Still one of the best passers in the division, Carrick will provide some much needed experience as Mourinho rebuilds the squad.

Wayne Rooney - STAY The club captain is closing in on Sir Bobby Charlton's goalscoring record at the club having already eclipsed him at international level.  Still a quality player and will play an important role under the self-confessed Special One.

Juan Mata - GO Whilst Mourinho's appointment was greeted with euphoria amongst the United support, one suspects that Juan Mata was not jumping for joy.  An FA Cup Final goalscorer, the Spaniard is a class act and would be seen as a creative conduit for most side.  Unfortunately for Mata, Mourinho thinks differently. Sold once, Mata will likely find himself on the hunt for another club.

Marcus Rashford - STAY The man of the moment.  Rashford has seen his remarkable rise to prominence culminate in his inclusion in the England touring party to France for Euro 2016.  The Manchester born youngster will be a key player for Mourinho and United for years to come.

Anthony Martial - STAY As with Rashford, the elegant French forward possesses pace to burn and had an excellent first season in the English Premier League.  Equally dangerous up-front or playing from the left, Mourinho will look forward to extracting even more out of Martial.

Matteo Darmian - STAY Another player to have enjoyed a steady first season in English football, Darmian possesses similar qualities to Azpilicueta at Chelsea and is likely to be given a chance.

Jesse Lingard - STAY Produced a sublime finish to win the cup and has shown similar quality in patches this season.  Another promising youngster, Lingard will likely remain a squad player and will need to seize any chance to try and break his way into the starting XI.

Ashley Young - GOA solid and reliable professional who is often under-rated.  Now in his 30's, it may be mutually beneficial for him to move on in search of regular first team football.

Memphis Depay - STAY Much was expected of the former PSV youngster but unlike Martial he struggled to adapt to the rigours of the English game.  Still young and very talented, he will be given another chance to grow into the hallowed number 7 jersey.

Ander Herrera - STAY With similar attributes to Oscar, the technically gifted Herrera will hope the new manager will provide him with a fresh start.  A favourite amongst the Old Trafford crowd, Herrera will look to force his way into the creative hole which will likely be vacated by Mata.

Morgan Schneiderlin - STAY A standout performer with Southampton, Schneiderlin struggled to make any impact at Old Trafford last season.  However, the Frenchman is likely to be given the chance to lay claim to the role Nemanja Matic held under Mourinho at Chelsea and it will be up to him to prove his worth.

Phil Jones - STAY The injury ravaged defender has seen his career stagnate over the last 18 months and will be another looking at the appointment of Mourinho as a new beginning.  Undoubtedly talented and with an imposing physical stature, Jones may see himself converted into an Ivanovic-esque right back under the new boss.

Luke Shaw - STAY Much coveted when he left Southampton, Shaw was unfortunate to suffer a horrific leg break during a Champions League game at PSV.  Having returned to training at the end of the season, Shaw will hope to nail down the left back spot for years to come.