Mou re­moves dead wood

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JOSE Mour­inho has wasted no time in crack­ing the whip at Man­ches­ter United, in both get­ting the play­ers he wants in at Old Traf­ford and those he wants out too. The Por­tuguese said he wanted four sign­ings and, af­ter seal­ing the £100 mil­lion deal for Paul Pogba — join­ing Hen­rikh Mkhi­taryan, Eric Bailly and Zla­tan Ibrahi­movic — he has them. Mour­inho wants two play­ers to fight for ev­ery po­si­tion — just as he did at Chelsea — but also a trimmed­down squad of just 24. It means no- one will be able to rest on their lau­rels next sea­son. Head­ing out are Ger­many’s Bas­tian Sch­we­in­steiger, Paddy McNair, Tyler Black­ett, Cameron Borth­wick­Jack­son, An­dreas Pereira, Ad­nan Januzaj, Will Keane and James Wilson. Tim Fosu-Men­sah was thought to be a ninth on his way out but the de­fender is in talks about se­cur­ing his long-term fu­ture at the club and now looks set to stay. Mour­inho told the rest that they could leave the club, ei­ther per­ma­nently or on loan, and fur­ther ar­rivals could mean fur­ther sales, too, as he looks to lock down his strict 24-man squad. Mour­inho has 26 at his dis­posal right now, mean­ing more depar­tures are likely. Sch­we­in­steiger yes­ter­day an­nounced his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional duty with im­me­di­ate ef­fect. Mean­while, Liver­pool man­ager Jurgen Klopp has ex­pressed his dis­ap­proval of the mas­sive trans­fer fees paid by clubs in the cur­rent trans­fer win­dow. Ar­gentina in­ter­na­tional Gon­zalo Higuain re­cently com­pleted a €90m switch to Ju­ven­tus from Serie A ri­vals Napoli, while mid­fielder Paul Pogba is be­lieved to be on the verge of join­ing Man­ches­ter United in a €110m deal — a fee that would set a new trans­fer fee record. Gareth Bale is cur­rently the world’s most ex­pen­sive foot­baller, hav­ing joined Real Madrid in 2013 for a fee of €100m. When asked for his thoughts on the mas­sive trans­fer fees paid by clubs, Klopp told re­porters: “If you bring one player in for £100m and he gets in­jured, then it all goes through the chim­ney. “The day that this is foot­ball, I’m not in a job any­more, be­cause the game is about play­ing to­gether. “That is how ev­ery­body in foot­ball un­der­stands it. You al­ways want to have the best, but build­ing the group is nec­es­sary to be suc­cess­ful. — main­lon­lineS­port24.

Paul Pogba

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