After the sacking of Jose Mourinho and the appointment of Ole Gunnar Solskjær as manager, Manchester United have undergone massive changes this season. After some impressive performances in the Champions League, United fans have a lot to talk about. And with every transfer window, there is always speculation surrounding players leaving Old Trafford. While there are a slew of players out of contract in the summer, a few are looking to leave United for some of Europe’s elite.
Signed by the club from Arsenal back in 2018, the Chilean has started just five games this season and scored one goal since Solskjær took over. While his form has been poor, what’s even more concerning is that Sanchez takes home a reported £391,000 ($510,880) per week that also includes a bonus of £75,000 ($97,995) for every game he starts. Although other teams would be hard-pressed to match such a salary (and there is a question of whether they would even want to), it seems that the 30-year-old’s time at Old Trafford might be up.
Acquired from Chelsea back in January 2014, the Spanish midfielder’s contract is set to end in June. Although the club has reportedly entered into talks with the player to try and extend his contract, Mata could potentially leave if negotiations fall apart. At the age of 30, the Spaniard’s next contract could very well be the last major contract of his career and he is no doubt going to weigh up his options carefully. United know this and if they want to keep him, they will have to make the offer as sweet as possible.
DAVID DE GEA
One player that the club certainly seem keen on keeping is goalkeeper David de Gea. According to an article by BBC Sport, the club believes that the feeling is mutual and have triggered an option in De Gea’s contract to keep him until 2020. Amidst rumors of interest from Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid, however, Manchester United may be forced to work harder to retain his services. Although talks are still underway, confidence remains high that the club and player will come to a successful conclusion.
Another player seemingly set to leave the Red Devils is their Belgian striker. While he began life at Old Trafford with an explosive start under Mourinho, his replacement’s decision to use Marcus Rashford as a central striker has seen him struggling for a starting position. Lukaku has expressed his desire to play in the Seria A in the past and rumors of a transfer to Inter Milan have been circulating recently. Unless major changes occur, United fans may have to bid him goodbye.
The French superstar was known for his rather thorny relationship with Mourinho and many fans thought his firing might have been enough to placate Pogba into staying. Although this did seem true for some time, interest from Real Madrid may prove to be too tempting. The Spanish giants have consistently been linked with him and between praise from compatriot Zinedine Zidane, and his own admission that he has dreamt of playing at the Bernabeu, it may not be long before rumors turn into reality.
It is pretty much expected that United’s squad will look a lot different this time next year. And although the names on the list could well be leaving Old Trafford for good at the end of the season, United are expected to finish this campaign strong. While they are now out of the Champions League at the hands of Barcelona, it gives them time to focus on the Premier League. Currently, bwin Premier League has United among the favorites to finish in the top four this season. It could potentially get them Champions League qualification for next season, depending on how Chelsea and Arsenal do in the Europa League in the next few weeks. If either of those teams win the Europa League and finish outside of the top four, they will then replace the fourth placed side in the Champions League next season.
While the aforementioned players are some of the most high-profile players set for the exit door, honorary mentions go to Ander Herrera and Antonio Valencia who are both out of contract as well as Matteo Darmian. If we have left anyone else off this list, feel free to add your comments below in the comments section.