United midfielder Michael Carrick, 36, has announced he will retire at the end of the season and is set to join the club’s coaching staff and Mourinho expects 36-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic, who has not played since Boxing Day, to leave when his contract expires at the end of June. Marouane Fellaini, 30, has entered the last four months of his deal after rejecting fresh terms in September and could move on a free transfer in the close season.
Matteo Darmian, who has started just two Premier League games this term, and Daley Blind are both likely to leave. Blind, 28, has not started a league match since August and has been restricted to a measly four league minutes since. The Dutchman has spent the last two months sidelined with an ankle injury
Andreas Pereira, 22, is halfway through a second successive season on loan in La Liga and could be allowed to move on after he defied Mourinho’s advice to stay with the club. Luke Shaw’s United career was plunged into jeopardy again last week when Mourinho hooked him at half-time in the FA Cup quarter-final win over Brighton.
“I decided Luke because at least Antonio defensively was capable of some good positionings,” Mourinho said. “Like in one of their more dangerous movements in the second-half where [Jurgen] Locadia made a diagonal run inside behind Eric Bailly, and Antonio is still capable like this.
“And Luke, every time they went in his corridor the cross was coming and the dangerous situation was coming, so I was not happy with the performance.”