Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho should get rid of five players in January and even consider giving Marouane Fellaini away on a free transfer, according to pundit Stan Collymore.

The Red Devils are going through a transition phase under the former Chelsea boss, with their form this season inconsistent so far.

Mourinho signed four new faces in the summer and has largely inherited a squad that has under performed in recent seasons.

Collymore has highlighted Fellaini as one of the first players that should be shipped out of the Premier League first.

The Belgium international has been the scapegoat of late after giving away a penalty against Everton last weekend.

Fellaini was David Moyes’ first signing as Red Devils boss and cost the club £27 million – but Collymore believes that the lofty midfielder should be released on a free transfer.

“I’d biff the Belgian off, maybe even on a free, as soon as the transfer ­window opens next month,” the former Liverpool striker wrote in The Mirror.

“That would be a real statement to the dressing room, telling them Mourinho means business and that he is going to be around for the long haul.”

Collymore also picked out four more players that  should be sold – all four international players that he feels have not established themselves at Old Trafford.

“I’d ship out Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo, Bastian Schweinsteiger and Morgan Schneiderlin next month as well, if I could,” he wrote.

“I know a lot of United fans will say Jones has played better in recent weeks, but I just don’t think the lad is their standard.”


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