The 15 Man Utd players sold by Jose Mourinho and how they’ve fared since

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Memphis Depay

While Jose Mourinho’s time at Manchester United didn’t end the way he would have liked, it was certainly eventful.

There were plenty of deals made during Mourinho’s two-and-a-half years at Old Trafford, with high profile names coming in and out of the club.

We’ve taken a look at the 15 players he sold as United manager to see how they’ve subsequently fared. Note: we’ve not included players that left on free transfers.

Tyler Reid

Reid was a regular in United’s under-18s before joining Swansea City in 2016 but only made one first-team appearance during his three years at the club.

After spending a season at Swindon Town, the defender then signed for National League club Woking in October 2020.

Paddy McNair

Having broke through under Louis van Gaal, McNair joined David Moyes when he took over at Sunderland. That didn’t exactly go to plan as they got relegated in calamitous fashion.

Now 25, he is currently at Middlesbrough and is a regular feature in the Northern Ireland national team.

Donald Love

Love made just two appearances for United’s first team and suffered a defeat on both occasions before leaving in the same deal that took McNair to the Stadium of Light.

Unlike the Northern Ireland international, he has been unable to stay in the Championship and is now plying his trade for Shrewsbury Town in League One.

Tyler Blackett

After going out on loan to three different clubs, Blackett finally left Old Trafford permanently in the summer of 2016, joining Reading under former United defender Jaap Stam.

The defender went on to make 122 appearances for the Royals, before moving on to Nottingham Forest in 2020.

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Will Keane

Keane was a highly-rated prospect at United after scoring regularly for their reserves but a knee ligament injury halted his progress and derailed his career.

“A lot of football is timing, isn’t it? Being in the right place at the right time,” Keane told the Manchester Evening News in 2019.

“It’s been hard for me because I’ve had a few big long-term injuries. Even when I have played, it’s been quite stop-start.”

The striker remained in the Premier League with Hull City but couldn’t prevent their relegation in his debut season. He’s since represented Ipswich Town and Wigan Athletic.

James Weir

Like Keane, Weir’s initial departure from Old Trafford saw the midfielder join Hull’s fight to stay in the Premier League.

Having moved to Bolton Wanderers in 2019, the 25-year-old took the road less travelled and has now joined Slovakian side Pohronie.

“It just allows you to concentrate on your football and means you don’t have to take notice of the headlines or whatever is going on in the background, you just get to enjoy your football and if you do enjoy your football that’s when you play your best. It is a nice little Slovakian bubble,” Weir told ITV in June 2020.

“I feel like I have a bit of bad luck here and there but going forward it’s a case of looking to change that by being the best I can be and put all that behind and look at it as a learning curve.”

Morgan Schneiderlin

After moving to United in a £24million move in the summer of 2015, the former Southampton man never really recaptured the form he had shown on the south coast.

Schneiderlin made just eight appearances under Mourinho and joined Everton in January 2017. Things didn’t go as planned there either and the midfielder returned to France with Nice in 2020.

Memphis Depay

Depay failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford and was deemed surplus to requirements after half a season under Mourinho.

The forward joined Lyon in January 2017 and has started to fulfil his undoubted potential since moving to France, helping the Ligue 1 side reach the Champions League semi-finals in 2019-20.

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Sean Goss

Despite impressing with the reserves, Goss never managed to make a first-team appearance for United before being sold to QPR in 2017.

After a couple of loan spells in Scotland, the midfielder made a permanent move to Shrewsbury in 2019, joining up with Love.

Josh Harrop

Harrop made his senior debut against Crystal Palace in 2017 and scored the opener, but he rejected a new deal with the club in favour of regular minutes elsewhere.

The winger joined Preston North End on a permanent deal and has since made over 80 appearances for the Championship side.

Adnan Januzaj

There had been so much hope for Januzaj, but he ultimately didn’t fulfil that at Old Trafford and was sold to Real Sociedad in 2017, following two loan spells away from the Red Devils.

The winger has got his career back on track in La Liga and is still capable of providing magic on a football pitch.

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Guillermo Varela

After joining United from Penarol in 2013, Varela made 11 first-team appearances before returning to his boyhood club in the summer of 2017.

The right-back returned to Europe with Danish side Copenhagen in 2019 and played against United in the Europa League quarter-final.

He is currently on loan at Russian Premier League club Dynamo Moscow for the 2020–21 season.

Henrikh Mkhitaryan

Swapping Mkhitaryan* for Alexis Sanchez was about as useful as swapping a chocolate teapot for a lead balloon.

The Armenia international failed to make an impact at Arsenal and joined Roma on a permanent deal in 2020 following a successful loan spell with the Serie A outfit.

Sam Johnstone

Having gone out on loan 10 times, Johnstone joined West Bromwich Albion on a permanent deal in the summer of 2018 and has been there ever since.

The goalkeeper has thrived for the Baggies, becoming their No.1 and helping get the club win promotion back to the Premier League in 2019-20.

Daley Blind

Blind was one of the first names on the team sheet under Louis van Gaal and it felt fairly inevitable that things wouldn’t be the same for the Dutchman under Mourinho.

After falling down the pecking order, he was eventually sold back to Ajax, where the versatile 30-year-old has racked up almost 250 appearances over two spells.

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