Mourinho names three ex-Manchester United players he'd never have sold; fans react on Twitter

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United's Jose Mourinho claims he never would have sold three former players.

Manchester United manager Jose MourinhoManchester United manager Jose Mourinho

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has told BBC Sport that he would never have sold Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck.

The Red Devils edged past Rostov in the second leg of their Europa League last 16 tie, with Juan Mata's goal giving United a 2-1 aggregate victory.

Whilst that is the big story of the day for United, manager Mourinho has also sparked a reaction after making comments about transfers before he became manager.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Mourinho has admitted that he wouldn't have allowed Angel Di Maria, Javier Hernandez or Danny Welbeck to leave Old Trafford had he been manager before their exits.

Di Maria was a key player at Real Madrid under Mourinho, but in his one year at Old Trafford following a 2014 move from Real, the Argentinian struggled and didn't really seem to want to be with the club, and was eventually sold to Paris Saint-Germain in 2015.

Striker Hernandez was an unknown when Sir Alex Ferguson signed him from Chivas Guadalajara in 2010, but the Mexican hit 59 goals in his first four seasons with the club, becoming a fan favourite, before Louis van Gaal froze him out, sent him on loan to Real Madrid, and then sold him to Bayer Leverkusen.

Now 28, the poacher has scored 38 goals in just 72 games for Leverkusen, continuing to prove that he is a natural-born goalscorer.

Fellow attacker Welbeck came up through the ranks at Old Trafford, and whilst his goal record – 29 goals in 142 games – isn't all that impressive, he was popular with fans having been born and bred in Manchester, but he hasn't enjoyed much success since his 2014 move to Arsenal.

Manchester United's Angel Di Maria looks dejectedAngel Di Maria looks dejected at Manchester United

Mourinho may well have wanted to keep all three players, but fans have been taking to Twitter to react to his comments, with many divided opinions on who should have been kept.

Some believe that Di Maria was a lost cause as he simply didn't want to play for United, but others feel his relationship with Mourinho at Real Madrid could have helped convince him to stay at Old Trafford.

Many felt that Hernandez would have been a real asset in this United team and called for Mourinho to re-sign him, though the majority felt that selling Welbeck was ultimately the right decision.

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