Jose Mourinho only wants 24 first-team Man United players – report

by Leo Nieboer

Jose Mourinho is set to operate with a compact squad of just 24 players during his time as Manchester United manager, according to reports.

The 53-year-old’s strategy aims at maximising cohesion and harmony within the squad. He employed the same principle at Chelsea during his title winning season, using just 22 players.

Louis van Gaal‘s squad ended up containing up to 33 players, but Mourinho has told his players that, outside the core 24, they have the option to either leave or train with the U21s.

It is thought that Daley Blind, Marcos Rojo and Juan Mata are in danger of missing the cut, with reports suggesting that Mourinho is planning to offload all three.

This approach is symbolic of a serial winner. And while it may preclude various younger talents from breaking into the side, Mourinho’s 24 man principle will precipitate the emergence of a tight-knit group of determined talents working towards one collective goal.

The same principle was employed by Jupp Heynckes when Bayern Munich won a historic treble in 2013, and is regularly utilised by managers like Mourinho who place maximal emphasis on togetherness and collective resolve.

However with the Europa League to contend with, such an approach may result in an unwanted assimilation of injuries. Either way, Mourinho’s ‘win at all costs’ agenda is remarkably clear, and United fans ought to be extremely excited.

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