Man Utd: Ranking their squad from 'star player' to 'sell immediately' ahead of next season


After 19 matches unbeaten in all competitions, everything was positive at Manchester United.

They were in the FA Cup semi-final, looking likely to finish in the top-four and still in the Europa League.

However, only two of things are true now after they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Chelsea in their FA Cup semi-final on Sunday evening.

It was a damaging defeat and left the fans asking whether some of the players were good enough if they want to challenge for the Premier League title in the years to come.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer sprung a surprise by leaving the likes of Mason Greenwood, Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba on the bench – three of their most impressive players in recent weeks.


But it didn’t go to plan as goals from Olivier Giroud, Mason Mount and a Harry Maguire own goal gave Chelsea a 3-0 lead before Bruno Fernandes’ late penalty salvaged a bit of pride.

As a result, we’ve decided to conduct our very own inquest and rank every member of this United squad using Tiermaker ahead of next season.

It’s clear that ahead of the transfer window, United have some big decisions to make in the transfer window if they want to make that next step.

We’ve decided to put them into six different categories from ‘star player to ‘sell immediately.’

Let’s take a look:


Star player: Paul Pogba, Bruno Fernandes, Anthony Martial, Marcus Rashford

Since the Premier League’s restart, these four players have been absolutely brilliant for United. If Pogba stays at the club, Solskjaer must build the entire team around him. He’s started to form a fantastic relationship with Fernandes, while Martial and Rashford have caused havoc up front.


Starting XI: Harry Maguire, Mason Greenwood, Aaron Wan-Bissaka, Eric Bailly

Maguire still needs to improve but he’s club captain and should start in defence alongside Bailly and Wan-Bissaka. Greenwood is still young but he’s an incredible talent – he will be wanting to start most games next season.


Squad player: Fred, Sergio Romero, Nemanja Matic, Scott McTominay, Victor Lindelof, Odion Ighalo, Axel Tuanzebe, Timothy Fosu-Mensah, Diogo Dalot

Fred has had a decent season and both him, Matic and McTominay should provide decent competition in midfield. Romero is a good back-up goalkeeper, while Lindelof, Tuanzebe, Fosu-Mensah and Dalot can do a job in defence. Ighalo is likely to return to China at the end of the season but United could do with him sticking around.


Potential: Tahith Chong, Brandon Williams, James Garner

Chong, 20, will be looking to play more minutes next season while Williams has already shown he’s a ready-made replacement for Luke Shaw. Garner could be the next Greenwood if given the chance.


Look to sell: Luke Shaw, Juan Mata

As mentioned, with Williams coming through, United can afford to get rid of Shaw. Mata, who is now 32, probably doesn’t have a future at Old Trafford.


Sell immediately: David de Gea, Jesse Lingard, Daniel James, Andreas Pereira, Phil Jones, Lee Grant, Angel Gomes

After De Gea’s performance on Sunday, it’s probably time for United to cash in on the Spaniard while they can. Meanwhile, Lingard needs to leave for the good of his career. James, who started the semi-final, doesn’t look United standard right now. We’re still not quite sure what Pereira offers, while Jones is no longer needed. 37-year-old goalkeeper Grant may be moved on while Gomes has already decided to leave the club.

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