Erik ten Hag must part with 15 Manchester United players in summer transfer window – Samuel Luckhurst

There was unacceptable predictability about Manchester United’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool on Tuesday night.

United They have endured a nightmare campaign and it got worse at Anfield. Ralf Rangnick’s men conceded after five minutes and the result was inevitable after that goal by Luis Díaz. United managed just one shot during the entire 90 minutes.

Rangnick even suggested 10 players could be signed in the summer and it is recognized that a major summer rebuild is required at the club. Erik ten Hag, current Ajax manager, will be appointed and will face the biggest challenge of his career, but which players should The dutch sell in your first summer in charge? Our MEN writers have had their say.

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Whoever is number one next season, the other has to go, on loan or permanently. The longer United continue the David de Gea-Dean Henderson dynamic, the longer they will be shackled by the soft management of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United need to cut the losses of Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Alex Telles so they can recruit a full-back in action. Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have overstayed their welcomes. The ship has also sailed for Axel Tuanzebe. He gets rid of three central defenders and has clout to sign an upgrade, with Teden Mengi the ‘potential’ pick.

Paul Pogba may never wear a United shirt again. And if he does, his final appearance is imminent as he progresses. Ten Hag might have plans for Donny van de Beek but, as a matter of principle, it would be tempting to write him off for trying to join Everton from August. United need to end their careers after two years if a player has not performed remotely. It’s about time Andreas Pereira was taken off the books.



Paul Pogba was substituted after 10 minutes against Liverpool.
Paul Pogba was substituted after 10 minutes against Liverpool.

Anthony Martial has had two good seasons out of seven and his attitude when he started this season was terrible. If Marcus Rashford is still considering his future, then he should have a reserved seat in the departure lounge, but Martial is the more pressing issue.

To sell: Henderson or De Gea, Wan-Bissaka, Telles, Jones, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Pereira, Martial

Release: Grant, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Cavani

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After a season of turmoil, it’s easy to get carried away with negativity and demand a complete turnaround, but United’s rebuilding job might not be as extensive as some suggest.

United’s success under Ten Hag will instead be based on a team mentality overhaul and implement a clear style of play that will influence their subsequent transfer business. Even that is a huge job, which makes selling fringe players a risk, since it will be difficult to replace them all.

Everyone who’s out of contract this summer needs to go and there’s probably enough room to sell another six or seven on top of that, depending on who you classify as a notable first-team sale.



Jesse Lingard and Juan Mata have barely gotten a glimpse this season.

The goalkeeping department is still completely untenable and the team is full of mediocre defenders. Fringe players like Telles, Pereira and Martial have little to offer and should be allowed to leave if buyers are found.

Van de Beek is one of those who could be like a stereotypical new signing under Ten Hag, while Rashford surely has room for improvement after a dismal campaign as well. Promoting the likes of Hannibal Mejbri, Alejandro Garnacho and Álvaro Fernández could be a good way to save money and replace some of those leaving this summer.

To sell: Henderson or De Gea, Telles, Tuanzebe, Jones, Bailly, Pereira, Martial.

Release: Grant, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Cavani

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Before the Liverpool match, Rangnick admitted that each area of the United team, including the goalkeeper situation, had to be considered this summer. He said five or more innings were needed, although that was doubled to 10 possible signings after the 4-0 thrashing at Anfield.

What seems certain is that United will not be tempted to renew the expiring contracts of Lee Grant, Nemanja Matic, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Juan Mata or Edinson Cavani. So that’s six starts, four of which need to be replaced (Grant was a non-playing team member, and Hannibal Mejbri makes sense as a replacement for Mata or Lingard).

Both Martial and Van de Beek were ruled out on loan in January and neither have uprooted trees for Sevilla or Everton respectively, and must definitely be sold. Bailly, Henderson and Jones must all leave for the sake of their own careers, while Pereira should eventually be transferred to Flamengo permanently.



Andreas Pereira celebrates Flamengo's goal
Andreas Pereira celebrates Flamengo’s goal

The most reactionary element of United’s fan base would throw Wan-Bissaka, Telles, Rashford, Harry Maguire, Diogo Dalot and even Cristiano Ronaldo into the ‘sell’ pile, and there are coherent arguments for all of them to leave, but that would mean 18 outputs in one window. It’s not going to happen. But 12 could be a good start.

To sell: Henderson, Jones, Bailly, Pereira, Marcial, Van de Beek

Release: Grant, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Cavani

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It’s not a question of which players United should try to sell, but rather who they should keep. This season has been disastrous and the team of players must be held accountable for their staggering level of underperformance.

The obvious problem is that United cannot operate in the transfer market as FIFA 22 or Football Manager would allow and there can only be so many ins and outs. De Gea is not the long-term answer at United, but he has been a standout performer this season and his No. 1 spot looks certain. Henderson should finally be able to leave after being manhandled by Solskjaer if that is the case.

Phil Jones and Eric Bailly are over the top and should go. Telles is way below the required level, he has a hard time defending himself, and he should let him go. United can capitalize on Tuanzebe to continue that defensive clearance.



Alex Telles in action for Manchester United against Leicester City
Alex Telles in action for Manchester United against Leicester City

While Wan-Bissaka’s exit isn’t high on the priority list, he’s also not good enough at the elite level.

Martial has been regularly booed by the Sevilla fans and it is no coincidence. There may be a shortage of willing buyers, but his time at United must come to an end. Pereira is also on loan and should eventually leave United on a permanent deal.

To sell: Henderson, Jones, Bailly, Tuanzebe, Martial, Pereira, Wan-Bissaka.

Release: Grant, Matic, Pogba, Lingard, Mata, Cavani.

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