Manchester United are nearing a vital summer transfer window and the club must be efficient with incomings and outgoings if they are to mount a Premier League title challenge next season.
Rather like last summer, the coronavirus pandemic is likely to have a huge impact on club’s financial ability to bring in new players to strengthen their side.
That means United may have to get creative and players surplus to requirement could be moved on in order to facilitate other transfers.
The Athletic reports that there is no certainty United will offload players, but if they do, Jesse Lingard and Diogo Dalot are the pair most likely to be jettisoned.
Lingard is enjoying a fine loan spell at West Ham that has included a nomination for the Premier League player of the month award and a return to Gareth Southgate’s England.
But his United future is uncertain and it’s unlikely he could become a regular again under Solskjaer despite his recent impressive form for the Hammers.
Meanwhile, Dalot is enjoying a season-long loan spell at AC Milan and even faced his parent club in the last-16 Europa League tie this month.
Solskjaer has never favoured Dalot but United do require a right-back that can provide competition for Aaron Wan-Bissaka and surely the Portuguese youngster deserves another opportunity in that role.
The Athletic add that United remain undecided on Juan Mata’s contract situation, but Sergio Romero will be allowed to leave and the club may also listen to offers for Phil Jones.