JOSE Mourinho has plans in place to cull as many as nine first team players at Manchester United with Luke Shaw at the top of the list after claims of an ‘amazing bust-up’.
United players were reportedly left stunned, with talks of Shaw being bullied by the Special One, after the young left back was hooked at half time of the Red Devils’ FA Cup win over Brighton.
With the duo’s relationship deteriorating rapidly, The Daily Mail reports Shaw is likely to be sold in the summer with Chelsea closely monitoring the situation.
It comes as links continue with a swap deal with Tottenham’s Danny Rose while Sky Sports UK have said Shaw will now consider his future at the club despite extending his contract for a further season.
A source close to Shaw told Sky Sports UK: “Mourinho’s treatment of Luke is an absolute disgrace. If he has a problem with him, the decent thing to do would be to keep it in-house.
“If this kind of abuse happened in any other workplace, there would be a case for constructive dismissal. It’s disgusting.
“A few weeks ago, Mourinho was praising him, now he can’t do anything right.
“Luke’s a strong lad and he won’t let Mourinho ruin his life. He’ll consider his future in the summer and is still determined to be part of the England squad heading for Russia.”
According to The Daily Mail, other players on the ‘To be culled’ list are: Ander Herrera, Anthony Martial, Juan Mata, Chris Smalling, Matteo Darmian, Daley Blind while Marouane Fellaini and Michael Carrick are also set to depart.
One player who won’t be leaving is Ashley Young, with a clause triggered in his contract to extend it by an additional year – that means he’ll remain at Old Trafford until at least 2019.
Young has been playing as left back, favoured ahead of Shaw, but could also face competition for that position from young ace Ryan Sessegnon.
An England Under-17 international and Fulham first team regular, The Sun reports Sessegnon is a £40m target in the summer after scoring 14 times already this Championship season from left back.
United have already scouted the 17-year-old in the flesh three times and see him as a long term solution to the position.
Meanwhile, France coach Didier Deschamps has said midfielder Paul Pogba “can’t be happy” with his current situation at Old Trafford.
Pogba was an unused substitute in United’s FA Cup win over Brighton on Saturday, after being left out of the starting line-up when Jose Mourinho’s side were dumped out of the Champions League by Sevilla.
The 25-year-old is with Deschamps’ France squad ahead of their World Cup warm-up friendlies against Colombia and Russia.
“I haven’t discussed it will Paul, I’m sure I’ll know more about it,” said Deschamps.
“But obviously this isn’t a situation he’s appreciating in relation to everything that he’s done. He can’t be happy with what he’s going through at the moment with his club.
“I have a lot of talks with players to interact with them and understand their feelings.”
Pogba has started just 24 matches for United this season, with manager Mourinho preferring Fellaini and youngster Scott McTominay to the former world’s most expensive player in recent weeks.
Deschamps’ France, one of the favourites for the World Cup in Russia, face Colombia in Paris on Friday before travelling for a match in St Petersburg on March 27.