Former Manchester United striker Dwight Yorke believes only David de Gea, Wayne Rooney, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford will be completely safe from the axe when the Red Devils report back to Carrington for pre-season with new boss Jose Mourinho.
Yorke failed to add defenders Chris Smalling and Luke Shaw to that list, a pair that will also surely stay at Old Trafford, but a Mourinho clearout in the coming months does seem somewhat inevitable.
We can be fairly sure Juan Mata – 3/1 to start the Community Shield – is toast, but these three might make themselves useful under the Special One, despite disappointing 2015/16 campaigns:
The Italy right-back, who made Antonio Conte’s squad for Euro 2016, was linked with a move back home to Juventus in April after an up-and-down first season in the Premier League since arriving from Torino last summer.
Darmian was far from dreadful, but often found himself out of position in Louis van Gaal’s odd defensive set-up, which nevertheless yielded the joint-least fewest goals in the top flight.
Judging by recent Mourinho charges Cesar Azpilicueta, Branislav Ivanovic, Alvaro Arbeloa and Baba Rahman, the Portuguese values height and heft as much as pace in full-backs.
Timothy Fosu-Mensah looks set to benefit from this and so could six-footer Darmian, while slighter types such as Guillermo Varela have it up against them.
If Ryan Giggs slings his hook, Depay won’t have a legendary performer glowering with contempt at his every fashion faux pas and rainy night out on the tiles.
The 22-year-old can’t possibly be as bad as last season’s showings, particularly in the Premier League, where few were worse, but he insists ‘the old Memphis, who beat every opponent, will soon be back again’.
He’s no Willian, but might be useful to Mourinho as an Andre Schurrle-type.
The permanently-injured reincarnation of John Terry would surely have a fighting chance of regular game-time under Mourinho, particularly considering the sorry state of United’s centre-half ranks, if only he could stay fit.
Jones was criticised for poor performances for the club’s Under-21 side at the end of last term but, after less than 40 senior appearances of any kind over the past two seasons, he’s bound to be rusty.
If he starts the season fully fit, the 24-year-old has a shot at Old Trafford redemption.