Manchester United are expected to offload a large chunk of their current squad during the upcoming transfer window, with the number of Old Trafford departures potentially breaking into ‘double figures’, according to talkSPORT reporter Alex Crook.
The Red Devils are preparing to enter a new era under Erik ten Hag, who has agreed to officially move into the hot seat at the end of the season, and it seems the Dutchman could make wholesale changes.
Who is likely to leave Man United?
Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Edinson Cavani, Juan Mata and Lee Grant have entered the final weeks of their Manchester United career as their respective contracts will expire at the end of next month.
Although his deal will still have 12 months left by the time we reach the summer, Nemanja Matic has announced that he will move onto pastures new after the season reaches its climax this weekend.
Central defenders Eric Bailly and Phil Jones also want to find an escape route out of the red half of Manchester and have told their team-mates that they intend to walk away from the Red Devils.
Meanwhile, Dean Henderson could be set to join a Premier League rival when the transfer window reopens in the summer as Newcastle United have reportedly intensified their interest in the goalkeeper.
There are additional question marks over the future of the likes of Anthony Martial and Donny van de Beek, who have spent the second half of the campaign on loan with Sevilla and Everton respectively.
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What has Alex Crook said about the situation?
Crook feels incoming Manchester United boss ten Hag could stamp his authority by sanctioning a large number of exits during his first transfer window at the helm.
However, the talkSPORT reporter has warned it may be difficult for the 52-year-old to welcome a cluster of big-money additions to his Old Trafford squad.
Crook told GIVEMESPORT: “I know some people have said they need 15 players. They probably do, but that doesn’t happen in one transfer window.
“There will probably be up to double figures in terms of departures.”
Why would Man United be willing to offload so many players?
It has been a season to forget for Manchester United, with them going into their final match of the season – at Crystal Palace – knowing they can finish no higher than sixth in the Premier League standings.
Heavy defeats against the likes of Brighton & Hove Albion, Liverpool, Manchester City and Watford had a major impact on the Red Devils being ruled out of contention for a Champions League qualification spot.
There are also divisions within the squad, highlighted by there being a scrap between two senior players at Carrington last week, so ten Hag needs to get rid of any tension quickly if he wants to be a success.