Jose Mourinho is to trim his Manchester United squad slightly ahead of the new Premier League season.
Departures have been kept to a relative minimum this summer as Mourinho looks to build his squad for the domestic and Champions League campaigns, but defenders Cameron Borthwick-Jackson and Timothy Fosu-Mensah have been allowed to leave Old Trafford on loan for the season.
Indeed, the former’s deal is already done. The 20-year-old has joined Leeds United for the entirety of the campaign in a move that was confirmed by the Championship side on Monday morning.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) August 7, 2017
Borthwick-Jackson made his senior Man United breakthrough under Louis van Gaal in 2015, but found opportunities under Mourinho harder to come by. He joined Wolves last season in what was supposed to be for the season, but Man United cut it short in January as he was not seeing much first team action at Molineux.
Also on the move (temporarily) is the versatile Fosu-Mensah. The Dutch under-21 international, who can play in midfield as well as defence, featured in the senior side’s pre-season campaign but is, according to the Guardian’s Ed Aarons, undergoing a medical at Crystal Palace on Monday.
— Ed Aarons (@ed_aarons) August 7, 2017
With the signing of Nemanja Matic in midfield and competition for places in defence as strong as ever, the 19-year-old would have struggled to make much of an impact with the first team this season and as such has been allowed to join compatriot Frank de Boer at Selhurst Park to gain vital Premier League experience.
All going well, that deal should be confirmed on Monday evening/Tuesday morning.