The United players who likely wish they left Old Trafford this summer

It was a frustrating summer transfer window in terms of incoming players for Manchester United.

But there was just as much stasis in terms of getting rid of unwanted players at Old Trafford.

That likely has a lot to do with the high wages United give their players – giving them less drive to leave the club and likely take a pay cut elsewhere.

It also drastically reduces the pool of clubs who can afford them.

Then there’s the sub-standard transfer structure, headed up by men who would rather chase the tweets and clicks brought about by drawn-out, high-profile chases, rather than efficient, low-key sales.


We’ve picked out four players who really should have left United in the window just gone.

Sergio Romero

Romero never let United down, never made a fuss and should have been rewarded with a fuss-free exit from Old Trafford this summer.

ESPN report he could have had exactly that on deadline day, when Everton made a loan bid.

Romero could even have stayed in the north west, but United’s asking price ruled him out of a move.

The Argentine is now fourth choice behind Lee Grant and out of United’s Champions League squad.

What a way to treat a player who has offered great service since 2015. Spotrac claim Romero earns £70,000-a-week at United.

Instead of that being covered by Everton, United are still paying it to Romero, who has no prospect of playing for us.

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Phil Jones

Jones is another who is outside United’s Champions League plans.

A combination of his poor injury record and the new contract he signed in February 2019 made him hard to shift.

It was claimed that Jones was interesting West Ham back in August, but the Hammers have now opted for Craig Dawson on loan instead.

He just needs to be somewhere playing regular football, but there didn’t look to be a realistic chance of him leaving this summer.

Jesse Lingard

GQ report that United would sell Lingard, if only anyone would pay a fair chunk of his wages.

They claim United are unwilling to subsidise Lingard’s wages to play elsewhere.

That ignores the fact that if Lingard were out on loan and playing, it could put him in the shop window and raise his market value for a sale further down the line.

At present, United are paying the England international his full wage to slip further and further down the attacking midfield pecking order, with the arrival of Donny van de Beek bad news on that score for Lingard.

Lingard was in England’s starting 11 at the last World Cup, but isn’t even in Gareth Southgate’s squad at present. Regular football is his only route back in, and that’s not looking likely at United right now.

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Marcos Rojo

Like his countryman Romero, Rojo is also not in United’s Champions League party.

Journalist Duncan Castles claimed last week that there were offers from Turkey for Rojo – but he remains at Old Trafford.

The defender also apparently asked Ed Woodward to tear up his contract, making him a free agent, but that request was turned down too.

He has under a year left on his contract, and come January, will likely try to negotiate a free transfer away when his deal runs out.

The Daily Mail reported in August 2019 that Everton made a loan offer for Rojo on deadline day, but United went back on it at the last minute.

The Rojo situation in 2019 is eerily similar to Romero’s in 2020; the timing of the offer, the club it came from and United’s baffling failure to accept.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.