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Solskjaer wants to sell five players including Andreas Pereira to accelerate rebuild

Andreas Pereira is one of five players Manchester United will listen to offers for this summer as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to accelerate his Old Trafford rebuild. 

Solskjaer must be ruthless again this summer in jettisoning more surplus players if he is to make room in his squad for more key signings.

According to the Times, the United boss is preparing to further trim his squad this summer after the recent exits of senior players such as Alexis Sanchez, Romelu Lukaku and Matteo Darmian.

And Pereira is one of the players that is on the chopping block after another disappointing season for the Brazilian midfielder.

Pereira, 24, scored just one goal in 25 Premier League appearances this season, and his failure to offer a creative presence in Solskjaer’s side despite plenty of opportunities before January accentuated the need for the signing of Bruno Fernandes.

The Times’ report notes that Pereira has already instructed his representatives to find him a new club next summer, with Portuguese side Benfica among the teams interested in his services.

Pereira wasn’t deserving of a new long-term deal at Old Trafford last summer after a purple patch towards the end of the season and has proven again why he can only be relied upon as a squad player rather than a first-team regular.

The midfielder has struggled to make his way into Solskjaer’s matchday squads since the restart and needs a move for the good of his career.

But Pereira isn’t the only player that has been deemed surplus to requirements this summer.

The Times also note that United are prepared to offload Jessie Lingard, Marcos Rojo, Phil Jones and Chris Smalling this summer.

Lingard has endured a troubling year both on and off the pitch and would have to settle for a peripheral role if he was to stay at Old Trafford.

Meanwhile, it would surely be difficult to find buyers for the three central defenders; particularly the forlorn Jones and Rojo.

However, the belated sale of the pair may pave the way for a new centre-back signing as further competition is needed for first-choice pairing Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof.

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