Ralf Rangnick says Manchester United need to sign up to 10 new players after their 4-0 thrashing by Liverpool on Tuesday night, but which players could leave in their rebuild?
Sky Sports News understands United will prioritize a new centre-back, two central midfielders, a winger and a striker this summer, while also considering their full-back and goalkeeper options.
But in order to strengthen their squad under their next manager – who is expected to be Ajax boss Erik ten Hag – the club must first make room by clearing the bridges.
Here we take a look at the players facing an uncertain future at Old Trafford, from those nearing the end of their contract to those who just don’t seem to fit in anymore.
OUTSIDE THE CONTRACT
Pogba hasn’t been offered any new terms by United since last summer.
In March, Sky Sports News reported that Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are all in talks with his representatives, as well as two Premier League clubs.
He came off with a bang early in Tuesday’s game against Liverpool and sky sports Asked pundit Gary Neville if this was the last we would see in a Pogba United shirt.
His future at Old Trafford has been uncertain for several seasons.
He spent the second half of his last term on loan at West Ham and they wanted to sign him permanently last summer. He stayed, but again failed to cement a first-team spot. He was also a target for Newcastle in January.
He is expected to leave this summer, with Tottenham of a number of clubs monitoring his situation. On Tuesday night, Roy Keane said he should have quit two years ago.
The 33-year-old Spaniard looks set to end an eight-year spell at Old Trafford after being on the periphery of the first team all season.
Mata has made just seven appearances in all competitions this term. There are no more options in his contract and there is no question of renewal.
Reports in Spain claim he’s not ready to retire and could return to play in La Liga.
Matic has already publicly confirmed that he won’t accept the option he has in his one-year contract and will leave the club on a free at the end of the campaign.
the sky sports team punditry asked why he announced this before the end of the season with the team still fighting to finish fourth.
The 35-year-old agreed to ignore interest from his native South America and sign another one-year deal last summer, but hasn’t played regularly, making just 12 Premier League appearances and dealing with injuries.
He would like to move to Spain this summer.
England goalkeeper who made up the local quota and provided extra cover in goal but hasn’t played this season and is expected to find a new club.
ONE YEAR REMAINING
David de Gea
De Gea, who has an option for a further year in his contract ending in 2023, recently said he doesn’t see himself away from Manchester United but he has flirted with a return to Madrid in the past, both in his former club Atletico and their rivals with Real.
His wife is a successful TV presenter there and is believed to spend most of her time in the city.
He has remained one of United’s best players this season, but Ten Hag likes a ‘keeper who can build from the back in the same way Ederson and Alisson do for City and Liverpool.
Does De Gea fit into this mould? Either way, it would be difficult to replace.
In January, Ronaldo’s representatives were quick to shut down reports that he was unhappy with United and was already planning to leave this summer, less than a year after returning to the club.
He’s been brilliant when he’s played, scoring winning hat-tricks against Tottenham and Norwich in recent months, and he’ll want to see his team-mates match his incredibly high standards by the end of the season.
There will be no shortage of lucrative options if he indicates he is ready to leave this summer. His contract ends in 2023 but he has the option of extending it for a year.
Rashford has struggled to return to his best form this season under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Rangnick, and it appears he has been impacted by the arrivals of Ronaldo and Jadon Sancho in two of the positions he is thriving in.
He’s young and dynamic enough that he should be a Ten Hag will want a close look. But recent reports claim Rashford is considering his future at Old Trafford. Should he stay, the club have the option of extending his contract for another year.
Shaw, another player whose contract includes a one-year extension option for the club, is said to be happy at United and willing to extend his contract.
However, like most of the squad, his form has been sporadic this season and Rangnick seemed to prefer either Alex Telles or Diogo Dalot at left-back.
Shaw has been injured recently and will almost certainly be another player Ten Hag will want to assess before making decisions on his future.
One of United’s priorities this summer is to sign at least one new central midfielder, given Pogba and Matic are set to leave.
What these new additions mean for Fred remains to be seen, but he’s been one of the top performers when he’s played this season. His energetic style should fit Ten Hag’s ethos and there is a one-year extension option in his contract.
Surprised everyone when he signed a new contract until 2023 in 2019 which also contains an option until 2024.
He has made three appearances this season and looked far short of a level required in Tuesday’s beating by Liverpool.
It’s very hard to see how he would fit into Ten Hag’s plans. The signing of a new centre-back is definitely on the cards for United this summer.
Heaton has been brought in to add extra cover in goal and has the option of extending his time at Old Trafford, but United are expected to be in the market for another goalkeeper this summer meaning his future is up in the air.
He only made one first-team appearance.
Dalot’s situation at United has had its ups and downs since joining under Jose Mourinho.
He was loaned out to AC Milan last season and has done exceptionally well, and was expected to be in charge permanently.
Instead, he stayed and had a strong start to the campaign, but fell again before a minor resurgence under Rangnick.
Nonetheless, with just a year left on his contract, it might be time to cash in on the Portugal international and sign a right-back entirely in the mold of Ten Hag.
OTHER POSSIBLE DEPARTURES
The England keeper has been frustrated with his lack of opportunities at United for several seasons, particularly after thriving on two loan spells at Sheffield United.
He is of interest to a series of other Premier League clubs where he could expect to be in line for the No 1 shirt, so he should be pushing again for an exit this summer.
Bailly has made just seven appearances this season, despite signing a new contract until 2025 (if his option is considered) last year.
United want to sign another new centre-back this summer, despite signing Raphael Varane from Real Madrid last year, which would push Bailly even further down the pecking order.
Martial is currently on loan at Sevilla after falling out of favor with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and Ralf Rangnick this season.
Sky Sports News exclusively revealed in December that he wanted to join the Spanish club in January to get more first-team games.
It remains to be seen if Sevilla want to keep him permanently, but there were other clubs also interested in signing him and his future at Old Trafford looks far from certain.
The young left-back, who has been fourth in the pecking order behind Shaw, Telles and Dalot, has been loaned out to relegation fighters Norwich City this season.
For his development, he will have to continue playing regular games next season, which – at United – is unlikely.
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