Manchester United are planning to trim the squad by releasing players this summer. Five have been told they can leave already.

To make way for incoming additions, Manchester United will need to reduce squad numbers.

The MEN report five players have been told they can leave, allowing them to make their own preparations surrounding their future.

There could be three more who are set to join them, with decisions yet to be taken.

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Five Manchester United players set to be released

Phil Jones, 31, and Axel Tuanzebe, 25, are two of the players who will be released when their current contracts at the club expire.

Phil Jones has not played for the club this season, while Axel Tuanzebe is on loan at Stoke City in the Championship. Both players have first team experience, but are surplus to requirements. They have both seen their United careers thrown off course by injuries.

Ethan Galbraith, 22, has also been told he can leave this summer. The Northern Ireland international has been on loan at Salford City in League Two. He has one first team appearance for the club.

Two more players without first team experience will also be released. Charlie Wellens and Ondrej Mastny will be let go. The latter has been on loan at Portadown FC.

Question marks over…

There are question marks over the futures of three players. Goalkeeper Tom Heaton has a contract set to expire, although United have an option to extend for another year.

Goalkeeper Nathan Bishop is also set to become a free agent. His future could be tied to Heaton’s.

A decision is also yet to be taken over Mateo Mejia. He led the under-21s for assists this season and is set to feature for Colombia at the upcoming under-20 World Cup.

David de Gea could have been on this list but it is looking likely he will sign a new deal, even if his number one spot is not guaranteed.

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