Even though the new year is steadily approaching, the January transfer rumour mill has been well underway. A club of United’s stature will be linked with every available big player and that is not always a bad thing. Jose Mourinho’s squad could do with offloading a few unproductive players, while also adding another talent or two. In part 1, we look at three players who could be leaving Old Trafford sooner rather than later.
3 Players who could be on the way out:
Daley Blind – The Dutchman has found playing time hard to come by this season. While technically gifted, he doesn’t fit Mourinho’s mould of being a domineering centre-back. At left-back, Ashley Young is experiencing his best form in a United jersey, while Luke Shaw has begun to find his feet with a few bright performances. Even with the injury to Eric Bailly, the centre-back position is one of United’s deepest areas with Jones, Lindelof, Smalling, Rojo, and Tuanzebe fit and ready to play. Blind would do well to look outside the club for more opportunities.
Matteo Darmian – Another player on the outskirts is the Italian international. Darmian is finding it near impossible to buy game time at the moment. Although he was a part of the rotation last year, he is no longer a feature in the matchday 18. With a few Serie A teams possibly interested in the 28-year-old, January seems like the right time to cash in on Darmian. His departure will free up space for the likes of Tuanzebe, Demi Mitchell, and possibly a new right-back (more on that later).
Henrikh Mkhitaryan – The season started off so brightly for our Armenian wizard, as he recorded five assists in the opening three games. United finally seemed to be getting the Mkhitaryan that won Bundesliga player-of-the-year, by recording over fifty goals and assists in a calendar year. And then, inexplicably, he slipped into the worst form of his United career, and hasn’t been able to recover since. Simply put, although occasionally frustrating, he’s a brilliant player. But it doesn’t seem to be working out for him at United. Personally, I would love to see him stay and get more chances at the club, but United might be willing to let him go for a decent transfer fee.