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Huge number of United players facing Old Trafford axe under Jose Mourinho regime – report

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Huge number of United players facing Old Trafford axe under Jose Mourinho regime – report

Jose Mourinho is willing to let up to 12 members of Manchester United's first-team squad leave the club this summer, according to a report.

The Portuguese is said to have met with United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward last Friday as the two attempted to thrash out transfer plans for the coming season.

Spanish digital newspaper El Confidencial is reporting that Mourinho presented a long list of names that he deemed surplus to requirements for his Old Trafford regime, according to Goal.com.

The extensive list is thought to be topped by Juan Mata, who Mourinho sold to United during his second spell as Chelsea boss, as well as Ander Herrera and Memphis Depay.

Mata and Herrera could be sold by Mourinho

Further players who the new United manager is said to have no use for include Marouane Fellaini, Ashley Young, Marcos Rojo and Sergio Romero.

Club stalwart Michael Carrick is also said to be on the list, as is Germany's Bastian Schweinsteiger who endured an injury-laden first season in Manchester.

However, reports emerging today suggest that Carrick may finally have secured a long-mooted one-year contract extension.

Luke Shaw is also reportedly in danger of being part of the cull at Old Trafford, with suggestions that Mourinho wants to loan out the left-back who missed most of the 2015/16 season with a broken leg.

Shaw and Rojo could be part of the Old Trafford cull

Shaw's fellow full-backs Antonio Valencia and Matteo Darmian could also be at risk of getting sold by the Portuguese coach as he attempts to put his own stamp on United's squad.

Much like his cross-city rival Pep Guardiola, who has already signed Ilkay Gundogan for Manchester City, it seems as though Mourinho would much like to overhaul the current United dressing room.

However, with an FA Cup title to defend, a potentially gruelling Europa League campaign on the horizon and of course the Premier League title to fight for, the Special One will need strength in depth during the season.

While it would be no surprise to see some of the names listed above depart the club, Mourinho would need the proverbial 'transfer war chest' to restructure the squad should he manage to rid the club of so many players in one summer.