Manchester United are reportedly finalising a list of players that will be sold at the end of the season to raise funds for new signings.
According to MEN, Erik ten Hag and the United hierarchy have deemed several players “sellable” and could send them on their way out this summer in a bid to comply with Uefa’s financial sustainability rules.
The report also confirms what supporters had been hoping – that Ten Hag will prioritise a striker in the summer. Fans had been left somewhat aggrieved in the winter transfer window because the manager had not been backed financially in signing a forward to replace Cristiano Ronaldo, hence the addition of Wout Weghorst on loan.
Ten Hag’s departures list
Whilst it is currently unconfirmed who exactly will exit United in five months’ time, you can probably take an educated guess on who might make the list.
Harry Maguire has garnered interest from Serie A side Inter Milan and whilst he is not open to leaving the club yet, he reportedly will consider his future in the coming months and could leave at the end of the campaign to try and secure more game time elsewhere.
Ten Hag issued an update on 30-year-old Phil Jones recently, saying that the defender has not been available throughout the season due to a lack of fitness. His contract expires in June 2023, so his exit is all but confirmed, though it will mean he departs as a free agent.
In my opinion, it may be time to cut our losses with Anthony Martial. It’s clear there is goalscoring talent there, but his fitness issues and inability to stay in form is not good enough for where United want to be – competing with the top clubs across Europe and liting trophies again. This season alone, he has missed roughly 16 games through at least three separate injuries, leaving Ten Hag to utilise midfielders up front in false nine positions and now Weghorst every game.
Several of the matches he has been ruled out of have been must-win clashes against top six sides, and we haven’t had our main No.9 in the matchday squad. It’s been an ongoing issue throughout Martial’s career and I can’t see it improving next season. This summer could be our last chance to get a significant see for him because if he has another season like this one, clubs won’t even be remotely interested.