With Manchester United enduring a nightmare season so far, it is clear the next few transfer windows will be key if Jose Mourinho is to succeed at Old Trafford, where both David Moyes and Louis van Gaal failed.
Rumours are in full circulation as to who Mourinho will target and who he feels are not the required standard.
The Sun report Ashley Young is the latest name on the way out with no less than four Premier League clubs chasing the 2013 title winner. West Brom, Everton, Swansea City and old club Watford are all chasing the England international looking to add some creative spark in their forward line.
While Young’s passion and desire has never been questioned, he, like teammate Marouane Fellaini, has never really felt the true appreciation of the Old Trafford faithful and is a fringe player so far this season for Mourinho, with Young struggling to compete with the likes of Anthony Martial and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ahead of him in the queue.
The 31-year-old has featured only eight times for the club this season, making two starts and coming on as a substitute twice in the Premier League.
The former Aston Villa winger may risk the wrath of the Villa supporters with a move to their midlands rivals, West Brom, with Tony Pulis’s side currently flying high in the Premier League, while a move to Watford, the club where he received his first professional contract, may be too much to turn down for the player.
With Swansea looking doomed for relegation they would need to produce a convincing argument as to why Young should join them, however a move to Everton could provide Young with the chance to play in Europe with Koeman’s side, despite recent results looking to finish in the Europa League places and make a return to Europe.
Either way it is clear that with many players expected to be leaving Old Trafford in the coming transfer windows, Young will need to move on if he wants to be a first team regular. That opportunity has gone at Old Trafford.
Damien McEvoy Pundit Arena