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Manchester United transfer news: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer ‘threatens to sell’ half the squad – but who could be heading for the exit door?

The transfer window is now open and it could not appear to come soon enough for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The Manchester United manager has endured a miserable run of form since taking over permanently in March.

A draw to Huddersfield Town at the John Smith’s Stadium ensured the Red Devils would not be playing Champions League football next season and led to the Norwegian reportedly calling his players a ‘disgrace’.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is reportedly planning a massive summer clear out of his Manchester United squad

However, the former United striker went one step further after the 2-0 defeat to Cardiff City at Old Trafford after the last home game of the season.

According to The Sun, the ‘Baby Faced Assassin’ was so incensed after the defeat, he told some of his players he planned to sell them to fund a massive summer rebuild.

The 46-year-old initially enjoyed a sensational start to life in the dugout at Old Trafford, but chasms began to form and widen at an alarming rate as the season began to unravel and sixth place was confirmed.

Asked what Solskjaer believed was to blame for United’s woeful end to the season, he said: “We just need to get that consistency at home, being able to win games and dominating more games. I think we’ve been fantastic with counter-attacking football but must improve on dominating more games.

Antonio Valencia has confirmed he will leave Old Trafford this summer

“The last period has been difficult but that doesn’t mean the team or players have become any worse. We’ve just found it hard. It’s been a long, emotional season for them physically, as well as emotionally.

“When you lose your manager halfway through the season, it’s not easy for the players.”

With Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia already set for the Old Trafford exit door once their contracts expire, Solskjaer’s prediction about the squad exodus already appears to be coming true.

But who else could be set to follow the experienced duo out of Stretford as United look to the future to rebuild the squad? Scroll down to see the Manchester United players in danger of the axe at Old Trafford.

Juan Mata

Juan Mata is seemingly set to return to Spain upon the expiration of his contract

Potential destinations: Valencia, Barcelona

The Spaniard’s five-year stay at Old Trafford appears to be drawing to a close as his contract is set to expire in the summer.

Reports suggest Mata was called into Ed Woodard’s office after the defeat to Cardiff and it seems as though a return to his homeland is expected.

The 30-year-old has been linked with an emotional return to former club Valencia, but reports earlier in the season suggested Barcelona had made contact with Mata’s father (also his agent) to discuss a move.

Paul Pogba

Paul Pogba’s Manchester United has been under intense scrutiny for the past 12 months

Potential destinations: Barcelona, Real Madrid

The situation surrounding Paul Pogba and Manchester United seemingly gets worse and worse on a daily basis.

After admitting it would be a ‘dream’ to play for Old Trafford, having Zinedine Zidane sing his praises and then have details of a fallout with Solskjaer leaked, Pogba’s end to the season has been chaotic to say the least.

Los Blancos are seemingly leading the charge, but Barcelona have also reportedly entered the bidding and are prepared to offer £130million for the World Cup winner.

Alexis Sanchez

Reports suggest United will actually pay Sanchez to leave the club

Potential destinations: Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus

Sanchez’s move from Arsenal to United has seemingly been cursed at every turn, with injuries and a loss of form leaving the forward looking like a shell of his former fearsome self.

With his contract running out at the Emirates in 2018, United were forced to stump out big wages for the Chile international and his salary seems to be a sticking point.

Reports in the Wednesday morning papers suggest United will pay Sanchez to leave Old Trafford and there is unlikely to be a shortage of potential suitors for the former Barcelona forward.

Marcos Rojo

The injury-prone Argentina international is a liability when he does make it onto the pitch

Potential destinations: Wolves, Estudiantes

Injuries have hampered Rojo and he has made just six appearances for United in all competitions last season. When he was called upon, the defender has a tendency to dive into tackles and is somewhat reckless.

In order to get his fitness back, the 29-year-old returned to Argentina to train with Estudiantes.

And before an injury in early 2019, Wolves were also reportedly keen on signing the Albiceleste international.

Anthony Martial

Anthony Martial has been described as United’s Pele by Joel Glazer

Potential destinations: Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain

Co-chairman Joel Glazer is adamant United will not sell their star man this summer as he sees Martial as the club’s Pele.

But after constant criticism of his attitude and application as well as losing his place in the side, few would be surprised if the Red Devils were trying to bump up the France international’s value ahead of a summer move.

Juventus are reportedly targeting Mauro Icardi as well as the 23-year-old to lead their strike force in the future once Cristiano Ronaldo eventually calls it a day,

Matteo Darmian

Matteo Darmian has struggled to adapt to the demands of English football since moving to Old Trafford in 2015

Potential destinations: Juventus

Signed by Louis van Gaal in July 2015, Darmian was seen as the man to dominate the right back spot at United for years to come.

However, with Ashley Young and Diogo Dalot now seen as first and second choice for the spot, the Italian’s time in Stretford appears to be coming to an end.

A return to his home country seems the most likely option, with the physical demands of the Premier League proving too difficult.

Romelu Lukaku

Lukaku has made no secret of his desire to play in Serie A

Potential destinations: Inter Milan, Paris Saint-Germain

Much like Pogba, Lukaku’s comments about moving away will surely have infuriated Manchester United fans.

At the end of April, the Belgium striker described moving to Italy as a ‘dream’, with several clubs from LaLiga and Ligue 1 also keen.

Former Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is set to join Inter Milan this summer, with the 26-year-old at the top of his wish list when he gets to the San Siro.

Eric Bailly

The centre back could be available for £30million this summer

Potential destinations: Arsenal

Like defensive colleague Rojo, injuries have massively contributed to a downturn in Bailly’s form.

At the start of the 2017-18 season, the Ivory Coast international seemed to have found his feet in the Premier League and was beginning to look like the defensive rock upon which Jose Mourinho could build from.

However, his performances have tailed off and United have reportedly slapped a £30million asking price on the centre back to ward off Premier League rivals Arsenal.


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