Man Utd must decide the future of 11 players ahead of summer transfer window
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side need reinforcements to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title next season, with certain departures
The Red Devils are 14 points behind City, who have nearly sealed the title for the third time in four years, in what has been an encouraging campaign for those of a united persuasion.
But it is obvious that Solskjaer’s team needs to be strengthened to give Pep guardiola City’s a tougher challenge in the league next year.
There is expected to be significant staff turnover this summer and here Mirror Football takes a look at 11 players whose futures have to be decided.
David De Gea
With United currently owning two high-caliber goalkeepers, David De Gea and Dean Henderson, it is accepted that one of them will have to leave this summer.
For now, it looks like De Gea is most likely to leave, with Solskjaer recently considering Henderson as his first-choice goalkeeper.
The Spaniard has two more years on his contract, but reports have recently claimed that United are willing to pay the rest of his contract for him to leave.
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Diogo Dalot has found regular playing time on loan at AC Milan this season, having seen his opportunities at Old Trafford limited by the arrival of Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Solskjaer has said after United’s loss to Milan in the Europa League that he still sees Dalot in his plans, but if he wants to sign a more attacking right-back Dalot may have to leave.
The Portuguese defender recently revealed that he would be ready to leave United for good and the Red Devils should be able to collect a fee for him this summer.
The center-back is an obvious need for United this summer, with Solskjaer’s side constantly appearing vulnerable in defense.
Although Bailly is arguably United’s best option after Harry Maguire, the Frenchman has continually suffered from injuries.
This could see United cutting their losses on the 26-year-old in order to free up a place in the squad for a better defender.
United’s forgotten man Phil Jones last played for the club in January 2020 in the FA Cup, but has been injured since then.
His lack of availability means he would be an obvious victim of a team refresh this summer, although his lack of appearances means the fees would be negligible.
Like Bailly, Jones could leave Old Trafford to pave the way for a higher-caliber defender, having failed to impress the rare times he’s in good shape.
Williams has failed to start a game this season, being used primarily as a fullback rather than a start.
The versatility of the Academy product makes him a valuable player for any team, but he could be sent on loan in search of playing time.
He was open to a temporary departure in January and his inability to pass Wan-Bissaka or Luke Shaw since that window closed makes his departure more likely this summer.
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Midfielder Pereira has been on loan at Lazio for the duration of this campaign and has found consistent playing time in Serie A.
Although his inflated salaries make it difficult to find and easily find a destination for him, another loan could be in order.
It’s clear he won’t be able to find his way into Solskjaer’s plans, with several players ahead of him in United midfield.
Unlike most of the players on this list, Paul Pogba is clearly a player United want to keep at Old Trafford, with his importance to Solskjaer becoming increasingly clear.
But the hand of the Red Devils could be forced, the Frenchman entering the final year of his contract and coming close to demanding a departure in recent seasons.
United are said to be able to demand hefty fees for Pogba, but tying him to a long-term contract will remain a priority heading into this summer.
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Lingard’s United career appeared to be over, having only appeared in four of United’s next 38 Premier League games following a Carabao Cup semi-final loss to Manchester City in January 2020.
But it was revitalized under David Moyes to West Ham, scoring six goals in eight games after being loaned to the Hammers.
Although he is unlikely to claim Solskjaer’s roster, United could look to sell him for a decent price as he enters the final year of his contract.
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The tragic death of Juan Mata’s mother could see him leave Old Trafford to return to Spain, although it has been reported that United could offer him a new one-year contract.
Mata has only made 12 appearances in all competitions for United this term, mostly finding himself left on the bench.
Despite a new contract under discussion for the Spaniard, the Star of the day report United are reportedly ready to listen to offers of around £ 5million for the midfielder.
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Chong started this season on loan at Werder Bremen before cutting Belgian side Club Brugge short as United looked to give him a taste of regular first-team football.
But those loans have now seen Chong seemingly usurped by starlet Shola Shoretire in Solskjaer’s plans.
It opened the door for an exit this summer, with the midfielder entering the final year of his contract, making a permanent departure more likely.
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Cavani only joined United last October but has already been tipped for an early Manchester exit, having not scored since early February.
Erling Haaland has become one of United’s main targets this summer, with Cavani not clinical enough to see the Red Devils challenge City.
He only signed a one-year contract when he joined United, so it would be relatively easy for the Red Devils to move him on.