Triple sale would be a ruthless way for Erik ten Hag to start Manchester United's summer

Manchester United’s clear out appears to be getting started. Over the past 12 hours, three players have been prominently linked with departures, reportedly given the green light to go by manager Erik ten Hag in a potential triple sale.

Who is set to leave?

Fabrizio Romano reports Eric Bailly and Aaron Wan-Bissaka have both been told they can leave the club. Departures will depend on the offers which come in.

The MEN claim Dean Henderson is also in negotiations with Newcastle over a move. He could be the first to leave, with all options on the table, from a permanent move to a loan.

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Triple sale would send strong message

Departures depend on offers being suitable, but Manchester United’s intent appears clear. The club are ready to sanction sales.

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Erik ten Hag began work as manager this week, working behind the scenes to set up his staff, and it appears decisions on the squad are beginning to be made already.

Allowing a triple sale, at this early stage, would be a ruthless statement, that Ten Hag wants to trim his squad.

Scott McTominay said this week he can’t relax this summer, amid anxiety over Ten Hag’s arrival. In a season so awful that United have had to cancel the end of season awards ceremony, it is important no player believes they are safe.

Early sales will set the tone for the summer ahead. United’s squad is too big, and even with players set to leave on free transfers, there needs to be a clear out, to make space for new arrivals.

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Selling helps buying

Whether you ultimately believe Henderson, Wan-Bissaka or Bailly should be sold, is kind of a moot point. In Henderson’s case it is particularly debatable. But the new manager can do as he pleases, and their departures would be symbolic, marking the beginning of Ten Hag’s overhaul.

United’s transfer budget also needs enlarging, to perform the kind of ‘open heart surgery’ Ralf Rangnick recommended the club needs, on and off the pitch.

We worked out how United could double the reported £120 million transfer budget by selling nine players for a combined £120 million this summer.

Henderson, Wan-Bissaka and Bailly make up a substantial part of this, and selling them early, would help Manchester United’s cashflow to get incoming deals over the line as quickly as possible.

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