Seven players who could leave Manchester United before the transfer deadline
Manchester United signing a player before the transfer window closes remains a long shot. More likely in terms of transfer activity is players leaving.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick once again said this was a possibility, speaking after the West Ham game, when he said there is active dialogue over player exits.
Rangnick told ESPN: “I know that there are some negotiations with clubs but I am not involved in that but I will probably be posted and made aware if something is happening. We will all have to wait and see what happens.”
It’s no secret that several players in United’s squad are unhappy with their lack of game time. Rangnick has been quite clear he will consider granting exits, but only if it works for him and it does not significantly weaken the team.
So who could leave before next Monday’s deadline? Here is a look at seven players who could leave the club…
Dean Henderson is United’s back-up goalkeeper, but he is not satisfied at all with this. Henderson wants to play, after getting a taste of first team action last season.
United have Tom Heaton ready to stand-in, although Ralf Rangnick is unsure whether this is enough. He has been clear that he wants three first team goalkeepers available in case of injury or suspension.
A loan move is Henderson’s most likely course of exit. United will want to retain his services for a new manager to decide on this coming summer.
All options are on the table for Jesse Lingard, who is quite simply surplus to requirements at Manchester United, with no Premier League starts all season.
United would be open to a loan move providing a small fee is paid and his wages are covered, and a permanent exit would also be considered.
Lingard’s contract runs out at the end of the season and United are better off getting a fee now if possible. Lingard will leave with everybody’s best wishes.
United have been trying to loan out Anthony Martial all month, however, no club has been willing to cover his wages.
Martial came off the bench for the first time under Ralf Rangnick at the weekend and played well. This could have two potential impacts before the transfer window.
The Frenchman may have convinced Rangnick to keep him, and also persuaded him to stick it out and stay at Old Trafford.
Or it could also have put him in the shop window and shown clubs he is worth paying up for. Martial has an eye on the World Cup with France, and wants to play regularly.
Donny van de Beek
Another player who needs to leave for the sake of his international ambitions, Van de Beek is also yet to start a Premier League game this season. He has fewer league minutes than Dan James, who was sold in August.
Van de Beek does seem determined to tough it out and stick around at United, but Paul Pogba’s return from injury will make his task harder.
While we expect Van de Beek to stay, his situation could change quickly if he decides he wants to leave and a good loan offer comes in.
Eric Bailly’s chances of moving are complicated by Ivory Coast continuing at the AFCON. But it doesn’t mean a loan move is impossible.
AC Milan have been linked (via DiMarzio) and Bailly is unhappy at being United’s fourth choice defender.
United need four defenders and would prefer to keep him, but Phil Jones’ recent return to action could make the club more open to letting Bailly leave.
The alternative is to simply let Phil Jones go, if an opportunity is presented. Jones is fit again and wants to play football after losing most of the last two years due to injury.
Jones is still under contract to 2023 and if an offer comes in, United have to consider it. Moving on is in everybody’s best interests – but if Bailly goes, he will be needed to stay and provide cover.
Juan Mata has given a lot to United through the years. Right now he is contributing absolutely nothing.
He is just a passenger right now, without a single Premier League minute all season, and when everybody is fit, he does not make the bench.
Instead of accepting a wasted season, Mata should be pushing to secure an exit before his contract expires, and there should be clubs in Spain willing to bring him back, if the player wishes to move.
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