Yorke: Only four United players safe under Mourinho

Date published: Thursday 2nd June 2016 9:37

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Dwight Yorke believes that only four players can be assured of their Manchester United future under Jose Mourinho.

Mourinho was appointed United manager on a three-year deal last week, replacing Louis van Gaal after the Dutchman was sacked for finishing fifth in the Premier League.

Former Chelsea manager Mourinho has been linked with a host of players during this summer’s transfer window, with a number also linked with leaving United.

Juan Mata joined United in January 2014 after then-Chelsea manager Mourinho sought to sell the Spaniard, while Daley Blind has also been linked with a departure.

Speaking to 888sport.com, former United striker Yorke believes only four current players are safe under the Portuguese.

“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.

“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 [David] De Gea, [Anthony] Martial, [Marcus] Rashford and [Wayne] Rooney. Everyone in between will be looking over their shoulders.”

Yorke has been particularly impressed with Martial, who ended his debut season as the club’s top goalscorer.

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

“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.”

While Yorke believes Mourinho is an excellent appointment at Old Trafford, he feels that former teammate Ryan Giggs – who is now set to leave the club – was the perfect candidate.

“When I look at the whole package out there my overall choice was Giggsy,” Yorke said. “[Zinedine] Zidane, [Jose] Enrique, Pep [Guardiola] and [Diego] 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 boring style 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.”

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