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Only 4 ManU players safe from Mourinho’s axe


Dwight Yorke, the former United striker believes wholesale changes will likely be made over the coming months and most players will be looking over their shoulder.

Dwight Yorke believes that only FOUR Manchester United players are safe from the axe this summer.

Jose Mourinho is expected to make wholesale changes to the Old Trafford line-up after being confirmed as Louis van Gaal’s successor last week.

Despite winning the FA Cup, United fell well under expectations by failing to reach the top four this season.

The disappointing campaign means that most stars will be fighting for their places – and Yorke believes only David De Gea, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney are guaranteed to keep their place.

He believes that Juan Mata could be one of many in the firing line.

Yorke, speaking exclusively to 888sport , said: “Everyone is jumping on the bandwagon but it’s just rumours in the media.

“We obviously know about Mata and Jose and that hasn’t changed and there will be a few players under the microscope who aren’t Manchester United players who somehow got in there.

“They’ve underperformed and no-one is safe apart from De Gea, Martial, Rashford and Rooney. Everyone in between will be looking over their shoulders.”

Yorke reserved special praise for Martial, who came into the team amid scrutiny about his large transfer fee, but quickly endowed himself to the United faithful.

He finished the season as United’s top goalscorer and is now preparing for the Euros in his homeland.

Yorke said: “He came into this country relatively unknown and people were raising their eyebrows thinking ‘Who is this guy?’

“But he certainly made an impact at Manchester United and been one of the highlights of their season.

“He’s only 20 so still at that junior stage of his career and he’s just going to get better and better. There is no doubt he will be a big player for both club and country.”

Yorke says that United went for the best option in appointing Mourinho as manager if they were not willing to give the job to his former team-mate Ryan Giggs.

He said: “When I look at the whole package out there my overall choice was Giggsy. Zidane, Enrique, Pep and Simeone and all those guys were given an opportunity at a big club and I thought there was a change of mentality with appointing managers due to players now being tuned in to what it takes.

“Giggs spent three years under two managers at Manchester United and at 42 it was a good time to hand it to him. The club decided against it and then when you look what is out there Mourinho was the best option after Giggsy.

“Mourinho is a big personality and successful manager so was the right choice.

“People may say about his boringness and how he approaches the game but that only happened at his second time around at Chelsea. With Duff and Robben and Lampard behind them they were quick and exciting and scored a lot of goals.

“He will bring a lot of success and is just who Manchester United needs.”

And Yorke also believes that missing out on the Champions League will not have an impact on new signings.

He said: “The club is always associated with marquee signings but we know they haven’t qualified for the Champions League.

“That may be a problem but when it comes to pedigree it doesn’t get much bigger than Manchester United so one season outside of the Champions League isn’t the biggest thing when you’re playing for the biggest club in the world.

“Sometimes you have to look at the bigger picture. You want to be part of something that is going to be special rather than come in on the back of it.”

The Mirror.


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