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Reports - Mourinho wants four big names out of Man United

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One in, four out for Mourinho?
One in, four out for Mourinho?

Reports in the UK suggests that with Paul Pogba now secured, Jose Mourinho is plotting a cull of some big names at Manchester United.

Last night the Telegraph reported that alongside Bastian Schweinsteiger, who Mourinho has made clear no longer has a role at Old Trafford, some other big names are also on his list of players he would be happy to move one.

One is Juan Mata, which is no surprise considering his sale under the Special One once before in his career and his substitution after coming on as a sub in the Community Shield over the weekend.

The paper also reports that Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind are also surplus to requirements and that Mourinho will try to buy another defender before the end of the window to replace them.

Today, a Manchester Evening News report adds that Phil Jones may have played his last game for the club.

The 24-year old cost United £16.5m when he signed from Blackburn in 2011 but his time at Old Trafford has been hampered by injury and he hasn't played in a competitive game for the club since a January 2 appearance against Swansea, when he was replaced at half-time.

He did make some appearances in pre-season but his role at Wembley, when he was left out of the squad has led to speculation that he doesn't figure in Mourinho's plans either.

Releasing five experienced pros from his squad, as well as the rumoured loaning out of a number of rising stars, would be a huge risk by the newly installed manager so we suspect that some players, especially Jones, may be given a shot at working their way back into his good books.