Varela and Blackett set to go as Mourinho wields the axe

Date published: Sunday 10th July 2016 3:27 - Ian Watson

Jose Mourinho: Mentality questioned

Guillermo Varela and Tyler Blackett are reportedly to be sold by Manchester United as Jose Mourinho prepares to trim his new squad. 

A report in The Sun on Sunday suggested Mourinho could sell as many as eight first-team players, with Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Morgan Schneiderlin, Juan Mata, Adnan Januzaj, Memphis Depay and Daley Blind all mentioned.

Sky Sports claim defenders Varela and Blackett are the first to be axed, with neither training with the first-team squad having been told that they do not feature in Mourinho’s plans.

Varela, 23, featured 11 times in all competitions last season under Louis van Gaal, while Blackett was loaned to Celtic, where he failed to make a positive impression.

The Sky Sports story claims Mourinho looks more positively upon Timothy Fosu-Mensah and Axel Tuanzebe, who will reportedly be given opportunities to progress under the new manager next season.

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