3 Manchester United players who could face axe after Mourinho comments

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

Manchester United boss wants 'specialised' players.

New Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conferenceNew Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho poses ahead of the press conference

New Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho met the press on Monday and had plenty to say as he begins his new role.

One key message to come out of the press conference was his desire to have 'specialist' players, rather than those who are multi-functional.

He said, quoted by The Guardian: "I am more a manager that likes specialists rather than multi-functional players because I am clear in my approach. Multi-functional players – you need one or two if you have three central defenders injured. But, basically, I want specialists."

Here are three players who could then face the axe, due to the fact they have not yet nailed down a position at Old Trafford...

Phil Jones

Manchester United's Phil JonesManchester United's Phil Jones

Injury hit Phil Jones was once hailed as United's next star, but could have run out of chances already.

His best shot may be having 12 months to impress Jose Mourinho, but it remains to be seen in which role he is a 'specialist'.

Jones has played at centre-back, right-back, and defensive midfield, but with limited success, and if Mourinho wants 'one or two' defensive utility players - then Daley Blind is superior and more reliable than Phil Jones.

An England international on his day, Jones has potential, but it is time to start proving his worth.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata celebrates scoring the first goal for Manchester UnitedJuan Mata celebrates scoring the first goal for Manchester United

Jose Mourinho has already sold Juan Mata once, and with the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, it would not be a surprise if he does it again.

Mata is not a winger despite the fact he is frequently played out wide, while Mourinho did not rate him as a true number 10 at Chelsea, preferring Oscar's work rate.

He has already suggested Wayne Rooney could perform this role, and multi-functional Mata may have limited chances.

Marouane Fellaini

Leicester City's N'Golo Kante in action with Manchester United's Marouane FellainiLeicester City's N'Golo Kante in action with Manchester United's Marouane Fellaini

Marouane Fellaini has looked like a square peg in a round hole at Manchester United his whole career, especially when Louis van Gaal decided to play him up front.

Fellaini is neither a defensive midfield specialist, nor a subtle creative midfielder either.

Mourinho might find a role to utilise his talents, but he would certainly seem to be a player at risk of the axe early on.

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