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Manchester United Transfer Rumors: Shaw, Smalling among five to be sold in the summer

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Manchester United came away with another draw against Everton at Old Trafford in the Premier League on Tuesday. The Red Devils currently lie fifth in the league table, four points behind fourth-placed Manchester City.

Jose Mourinho, United manager, and Ed Woodward are looking to clear out the deadwood at Old Trafford to make room for new recruits as the summer transfer window approaches. Luke Shaw, Chris Smalling are among the five names tipped to leave Manchester as the current season heads to a close.

Luke Shaw eyeing Tottenham transfer

Manchester United left back Luke Shaw is reportedly keen on making a switch to Tottenham Hotspur. The Englishman looks set to leave Old Trafford after he was publicly humiliated by Mourinho ahead of United’s Everton game.

Shaw appeared as a substitute against Everton on Tuesday. He also made an important mark in the game as it was his shot that earned United the penalty, which allowed Zlatan Ibrahimovic to score the equalizer in injury time.

However, Shaw wants former manager Mauricio Pochettino to rescue him from the Old Trafford misery. The left back reportedly has realized that his United future is over. He wants to continue his career elsewhere in the Premier League, as reported by The Sun.

Smalling not Mourinho’s ball-playing center back

Chris Smalling was Manchester United’s best defender under Louis Van Gaal. Many touted the defender to have finally achieved the heights which Sir Alex Ferguson predicted when he signed the player from Fulham in 2010.

However, the 27-year-old seems to have regressed as a player under Jose Mourinho. The Portuguese manager likes to have a ball-playing center back in his starting XI. Smalling is certainly not the type of defender the former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager prefers in his team.

Rumors suggest that Smalling will be one of the defenders to leave Old Trafford this season. Mourinho will likely replace him with a world-class center back or a player who has the potential to become one.

Rooney tipped to move abroad

Wayne Rooney has been tipped to move abroad to find regular playing time. Graeme Souness, former Liverpool midfielder, has claimed that the 31-year-old is past his sell-by date as an automatic selection at top Premier League clubs.

Rooney has lost his place as a regular starter for both Manchester United and England within the last six months. Souness believes that the Englishman won’t be able to join another club with top-six ambitions in the Premier League, according to Mirror.

Hence, the only logical move for Rooney next season would be to move abroad to a league where he can find more playing time. MLS and the Chinese Super League are a couple of options available for United’s all-time leading goalscorer.

Darmian attracts interest from Inter Milan

After the 2014 FIFA World Cup, a lot of excitement was created when Manchester United signed Matteo Darmian. The Italy international terrorized England in the group stage fixture.

However, two years since his arrival at Old Trafford, the player has started to deteriorate and has looked a shadow of his former self. From being a regular right back choice, Darmian is now used as a bit-part player.

Darmian has so far made 18 appearances for United under Mourinho this season. He is one of the names on the chopping block as the summer transfer window approaches. Italian Serie A side Inter Milan are reportedly interested in his services.

Young too expensive to be a part-time player

Ashley Young earns £130,000 ($161,733)-a-week at Old Trafford. The amount is too expensive for the United hierarchy for a part-time player. Although the Englishman has proved his worth when called upon, reports suggest that his time is up at United once the summer transfer window approaches.

Mourinho has used Young as a left back, right back and a winger in the Premier League. However, the Portuguese will certainly consider letting the player leave in the summer when he will have a chance of replacing him with a better alternative.

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