Manchester United continue to reduce the number of players that will feature on the first-team squad for the 2018-19 season.
Last week, the likes of Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Joel Pereira and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson left the squad on loan. However, The Red Devils were not done sending players away on loan, and the latest has been James Wilson. A highly-touted Academy graduate, the 22-year-old has not received many opportunities to play at Old Trafford. And once again he will have to earn his chance elsewhere.
James Wilson lands at Aberdeen
Wilson will join Aberdeen on a one-year loan deal that was confirmed by the Scottish Premiership side today.
As the competition for a starting place in the club remains fierce, Wilson had no space anymore. He was always near the bottom of the pecking order. And there is a big chance that his loan move could mean the end of his career at Manchester United. He is not getting enough opportunities, but he has not done much to impress the coaching stuff, either. The signs are strong, and it seems Wilson is someone who is no longer required. At least by Mourinho and his coaching staff.
Wilson has been out on loan across England over the last few years, spending time with Brighton & Hove Albion, Derby County and Sheffield United before eventually landing at Aberdeen.
Marcos Rojo on his way to Turkey?
Wilson is not the only player that could leave Manchester United in the coming hours, though. According to a report from the Mirror, Turkish Super Lig side Fenerbahce want to a move for Marcos Rojo. The Argentinian central defender, who can also play as a left-back if needed, has fallen down the pecking order for Mourinho. In fact, his chances of playing seem really slim at the moment.
Looking at the club’s depth chart, Rojo is currently below Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling. Putting it in another way – Rojo won’t see the pitch any time soon unless there is an injury, a suspension or a huge rotation. That could happen, but why keeping Rojo on the squad if he is not going to play? And more importantly – why keeping him if the club can make profit out of him? Fenerbahce have been after him for a while now. This could be the perfect opportunity for the 28-year-old to depart towards greener pastures.
The one block down this negotiation is the fact that Manchester United are not interested in a loan and would prefer to sell Rojo outright. It is not clear if Fenerbahce have enough money to pay the transfer fee for the Argentina international, who has made 107 appearances at Old Trafford and has also won 59 caps with La Albiceleste.