1. Bastian Schweinsteiger
This was another strange one, as Mourinho has always liked to build his teams around senior players, and there were none more senior at United than the German World Cup winner when he took over at Old Trafford.
However, Schweinsteiger was forced out of the club just six months into Mourinho’s reign, having failed to make a single Premier League appearance during that period.
There was never really any reason given for Mourinho’s treatment of Schweinsteiger, it just looked like he never really fancied him.
The German was demoted to the side’s under-23 team on the arrival of the Portuguese manager, and although he returned to training with the first team, and played a few times in cup competitions, it was obvious his time in England was over. He moved over to America to play for Chicago Fire in January 2017, where he remains now.
2. Luke Shaw
You may be looking at this now when Luke Shaw is almost the first name on the team sheet for United, and wondering what the problem was between the pair, but Mourinho has never subjected a player to the same level of public criticism that he did the fullback.
It is a surprise that Shaw is actually still at United, and it is a testament to his professionalism and temperament that he was prepared to work so hard to win back the trust of his manager.
At times, it felt that Mourinho’s treatment of Shaw was almost personal, and he once stated that the young left back had only put in a good performance as he had been telling him what to do at all times.
The Englishman had been in and out of Mourinho’s team, but looks to have nailed down a spot this season, and returned to the England squad for their first fixtures since the World Cup in Russia.
3. Ricardo Quaresma
There is no doubting that Quaresma has been a mercurial talent throughout his career. In his younger days, it is said that he was better than Cristiano Ronaldo, but the pair have taken two very different careers paths, and there are very few questions as to who the better player is now. The Portuguese winger played for Mourinho at Inter Milan, joining from Porto in 2008.
However, he wasn’t a first choice player for Inter Milan, and during the 18 month spell he spent under Mourinho, he appeared just 24 times in Serie A.
The self-proclaimed ‘Special One’ wasn’t impressed with Quaresma’s work rate, and said “He will have to learn, otherwise he won’t play, and I am sure he’ll change and become more tactically disciplined.” He didn’t learn and was sent out on loan to Chelsea, where he also failed to impress.