By Dave Marshall
Manchester United recently announced the exit of Adnan Januzaj in a £9.8m deal to Real Sociedad after he failed to kick on from his earlier promise as a teenager back under David Moyes. He endured a torrid time under the Scot in Sunderland last season and is now set for a permanent move away from Old Trafford.
The exodus is not likely to end there as Jose Mourinho looks to offload a number of players, to help free the wage bill for the procurement of other players.
The Sun reports that West Brom are planning an ambitious raid on the club as Tony Pulis believes the pair of Chris Smalling and Phil Jones could be willing to move following the summer arrival of Victor Lindelof. 22-year-old Lindelof is expected to partner Ivorian, Eric Bailly in a new look central defensive partnership next season, which means that Jones and Smalling may have to leave Old Trafford, as they may likely struggled game time, which is quite important in a World Cup year.
Due to injuries to Bailly and Rojo last season both players had a decent run in the first team, but Mourinho seems to value Jones more than Smalling. He criticised Smalling for lacking mental fortitude after the former Fulham man said he couldn’t play with the pain barrier when he had a slight knock.
Rojo’s current injury means that Jose may let one go, and it remains to be seen who will stay. Both players made just 18 league starts last term and have 2 years left on their respective contracts.
Tony Pulis has experience in signing players from United as he has bought Jonny Evans and Darren Fletcher from the 20-time league champions, though the latter recently signed for Stoke City.