Jose Mourinho: Which Manchester United Players Are In Danger of The Chop?

Jose Mourinho
Jose Mourinho at Wembley Stadium, London, August 7. Mourinho will look to trim his squad after making four major signings. Ben Hoskins/Getty

It's been a satisfactory week already for Jose Mourinho. Having lifted the Community Shield on Sunday, Paul Pogba's arrival at Manchester United on Tuesday fulfilled Mourinho's wishes in the transfer window.

Pogba, now the world's most expensive footballer at £89 million ($115 million), followed Eric Bailly, Henrikh Mkhitaryan and Zlatan Ibrahimovic into Old Trafford this summer. "One defender, one midfielder, one creative, one striker, so I think the market was good for us," Mourinho said at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.

The quartet has added much-needed bulk, talent, steel and swagger to Mourinho's playing staff after an underwhelming campaign under his predecessor Louis van Gaal. But now the trimming must begin.

With additions and returning loanees from last season, Mourinho's squad has swelled to 36 players and there are already signs of potential exits.

Here, Newsweek looks at players who may be in danger of getting the chop before the transfer window is closed on August 31.

Bastian Schweinsteiger

It seems a matter of when, rather than if, for the German midfielder.

Not included in the Premier League squad and reportedly banished to train with the under-21s, Schweinsteiger's time at Old Trafford looks over little more than a year after he arrived.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, chief executive at Bayern Munich, has opened up the possibility of a return to the Allianz Arena for Schweinsteiger, whose brother, Tobi, also took to social media to criticize Mourinho's treatment of the 32-year-old.

Juan Mata

The mere possibility of Mourinho becoming the United manager seemed to spell the end for the creative Spaniard.

Such was the ruthless nature with which the Portuguese dispatched of Mata—then back-to-back Chelsea Player of the Year—when he arrived at Stamford Bridge in 2013, the same was expected at Old Trafford.

During the Community Shield victory on Sunday against Leicester, Mata was given a cameo spell. Possibly a chance to prove himself once again to the new boss. Subbed on in the 63rd minute and off in the 93rd, it verged on humiliating for the popular Spaniard.

Mata fought on at Chelsea until January before heading for the northwest. Will he have the same resilience this time round?

Marouane Fellaini

The awkward midfielder has never truly been embraced by the Old Trafford faithful. As one of the David Moyes-era signings, Fellaini has struggled to secure a regular place in the United team.

Mourinho did, however, show faith in the midfielder for the Community Shield, playing him alongside Michael Carrick in the midfield. But Jamie Vardy's equalizing goal in the second half was the product of a poor back-pass from Fellaini.

The arrival of Pogba to Manchester sends the 28-year-old further down the pecking order at United. Mourinho may see his height as a tool to utilize from the bench but, otherwise, he will struggle to retain a place in the starting line-up.

Phil Jones

Sat in the dugout, behind Mourinho, for the duration of the Community Shield on Sunday, Jones would have looked on with concern. For alongside new center-back signing Bailly was Daley Blind, a makeshift defender.

Jones was a popular figure under Sir Alex Ferguson, but with Bailly's arrival and Chris Smalling returning from injury, the central defender may find it difficult to gain a regular place in Mourinho's team.

Instead, the 24-year-old may have to settle for acting as a utility player for the new boss.