According to a report in the Telegraph, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could be prepared to let three first-team players leave in the January transfer window.
The report claims the United boss is expected to listen to offers for the likes of Nemanja Matic, Marcos Rojo and Ashley Young in January as he continues to reshape his squad.
Solskjaer has so far sold Romelu Lukaku, let Alexis Sanchez leave on loan and oversaw Ander Herrera’s contract expire and his subsequent departure to PSG.
And it appears more names could be leaving the club as Solskjaer looks to the future in his rebuild.
Ashley Young, 34, is coming to an end of his United contract and has been a very good servant for the club, but it doesn’t look like he will be rewarded with a renewal. However, we would be a surprised if he is allowed to leave at this stage of the season as he still provides more than adequate right-back cover for Aaron Wan-Bissaka.
Marcos Rojo, meanwhile, has bizarrely been pictured in a Paris Saint-Germain shirt recently and his exit from Old Trafford appears inevitable. The Argentina international has made nine appearances in all competitions for the Reds this season but he is way down in Solskjaer’s central defensive pecking order. Manchester Evening News report that the 29-year-old is preparing for his departure.
Matic has struggled for first-team opportunities this season due to the emergence of Scott Mctominay, but impressed in United’s victory over Burnley on Saturday.
But the Serbian’s contract runs out this summer and he seems to have accepted his fate that his United career could be over.
“I don’t know what to say. I have a contract for another six months, we’ll see in January what’s going to happen,” he told the Telegraf.
“Will I extend the contract or try to find something else?”
“United have some option to extend my contract, but we will see if the plans of the club match my plans. I couldn’t say anything more because I don’t really know either.”
According to Sky Italia, La Liga giants Atletico Madrid are interested in signing the midfielder who has made 95 appearances for the Reds since his arrival in 2017.
Solskjaer is clearly thinking long-term in his United rebuild as he looks to clear out the ageing players in the squad. But the United boss has to be fully backed by the owners in two crucial upcoming transfer windows where good recruitment is essential if the Reds are to get back to competing domestically.