All three relegated teams were decided with three games remaining, which is the earliest in Premier League history.

Fulham and West Brom will make an instant return to the Championship, joined by Sheffield United after a spectacular drop-off in form.

Are there players at the three relegated sides United can do bargain deals for?

Here is a look at three classy relegated players United could look at this summer…

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Sam Johnstone

Earlier this month, ESPN linked United with a swoop to re-sign goalkeeper Johnstone from West Brom.

The Baggies apparently want £18 million for the Englishman, who left United in July 2018.

But there is a sell-on percentage clause in his contract, which means United wouldn’t end up paying as much as that.

Johnstone was one of his side’s standout performers and has proved himself as a goalkeeper of Premier League class.

With uncertainty over United’s goalkeeping situation, Johnstone could come in to replace David de Gea.

Perhaps the big question is whether he would come in to likely be second choice behind Dean Henderson when he’s got suitors like West Ham who could offer first team football.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was clearly impressed by Johnstone’s performance in November’s 1-0 win over West Brom, calling his display ‘fantastic’.

With the Telegraph reporting Tom Heaton’s impending arrival to replace Sergio Romero, United could end up with a trio of homegrown goalkeepers ahead of next season, with Nathan Bishop a promising young option too.

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Joachim Andersen

The Telegraph reported last month that United are among the clubs tracking Andersen, who is on loan at Fulham from Lyon.

 

They reported more recently that Spurs are in pole position to land the Dane now, but if United want him, they can offer more money and Champions League football.

Andersen is a defensive leader, who is also adept on the ball and at 24, he’s only going to get better.

The asking price looks to be around £20 million, which isn’t ridiculous and would allow United to invest more heavily in a holding midfield player or right winger.

He wouldn’t be the absolute elite central defender some United fans might hope for, but he’s shown what he can do in the Premier League this season, which would make it easier for him to adapt to life at Old Trafford.

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Sander Berge

United were linked with Berge in October 2019 when he was still at Genk.

We thought United should have swooped before Sheffield United bought him in January 2020.

He came to England with a huge reputation as one of Europe’s brightest young midfielders, and has now adjusted to the demands of English football.

United need a new defensive midfielder, and Yorkshire Live report Berge has a £35 million release clause.

That’s significantly cheaper than Declan Rice would be, and Berge has Champions League experience from his time at Genk.

Berge is still just 23, and could be United’s long term replacement for Nemanja Matic.

Signing relegated players may not get pulses racing but it can be smart business and Johnstone, Andersen and Berge could all offer United something next season if signed.

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