Who needs weeding out at Man United after humiliation at Everton?

David de Gea’s form has dipped and Paul Pogba continually goes missing… who needs weeding out at Manchester United after humiliation at Everton?

  • Manchester United’s alarming slump continued with defeat at Everton
  • The blame has shifted from manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to the players
  • Sportsmail looks at the United squad and the players likely to leave this summer 

Gary Neville has compared the problems in the Manchester United dressing-room to Japanese knotweed after the club’s alarming slump continued with an embarrassing defeat at Everton.

‘It’s attacking the foundations of the house and it needs dealing with properly,’ said Neville of a squad that miraculously found — then lost — their form under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The blame has shifted from the manager to United’s under-achieving stars and Solskjaer has warned that changes are imminent.

Sportsmail takes a look at his United squad and the players who are likely to leave this summer or next…

David de Gea's form has dipped and he no longer looks worthy of a £400,000-a-week deal

David de Gea’s form has dipped and he no longer looks worthy of a £400,000-a-week deal

David de Gea 

United’s saviour for so long in the post-Ferguson era, De Gea’s form has dipped this season and he no longer looks like a goalkeeper worthy of a new £400,000-a-week contract. 

The club are prepared for talks to continue into the final year of De Gea’s contract even though he could leave for nothing.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Antonio Valencia 

The club captain has not been seen since the second day of the year. Fitness issues have caught up with Valencia after a decade at Old Trafford and he will go this summer.

EXIT RATING: 5/5

Ashley Young 

Taken apart by Lionel Messi in the Nou Camp last Tuesday and dropped at Everton on Sunday, it has been a bad week for Young. 

A solid captain and proud professional but, at 33, his recent 12-month contract extension is likely to be the last.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Ashley Young was taken apart by Lionel Messi and was dropped at Everton on Sunday

Ashley Young was taken apart by Lionel Messi and was dropped at Everton on Sunday

Diogo Dalot 

The progress of the £19million summer signing has stalled over the last few games. 

United will hope it is only a blip but signing another right back is one of the club’s priorities.

EXIT RATING: 2/5

Matteo Darmian 

After six appearances this season, the former Torino defender must be wondering why United refused to grant his wish to return to Italy last summer and then gave him a 12-month contract extension. The club are unlikely to hold on to him again.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Victor Lindelof 

United’s most improved player under Solskjaer but was switched to full back against Barcelona and Everton and suffered for it. 

Destined to be the club’s first-choice central defender. The big question is who will partner him.

EXIT RATING: 1/5

Victor Lindelof has been Manchester United's most improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Victor Lindelof has been Manchester United’s most improved under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer

Eric Bailly 

Not been seen since he was hauled off against Paris Saint-Germain in early March. A head injury suffered playing for the Ivory Coast last month has held Bailly back, and he could easily move at the end of the season.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Chris Smalling 

Signed a new three-and-a-half-year contract in December but continues to be held up as an example of a stagnating squad at Old Trafford. 

A good athlete but fans will continue to question whether he is in the world-class bracket of former United centre backs.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Chris Smalling continues to be held up as an example of a stagnating squad at Old Trafford

Chris Smalling continues to be held up as an example of a stagnating squad at Old Trafford

Phil Jones 

Like Smalling, Jones was awarded a new long-term contract in February despite concerns over his ability at the highest level. 

Like Young, he was ruthlessly exposed by Messi. An honest pro but can be injury prone.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Marcos Rojo 

The Argentine has made just seven appearances due to injury since signing a new £160,000-a-week contract in March 2018. Touted to Everton last summer and his future at United is under scrutiny again 12 months on.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Luke Shaw 

United’s best and most improved player over the course of the season, Shaw has emerged from serious injury and a torrid time under Jose Mourinho to prove his worth. Still concerns over his diet at times.

EXIT RATING: 1/5

Phil Jones was awarded a new long-term contract despite concerns over his ability at this level

Phil Jones was awarded a new long-term contract despite concerns over his ability at this level

Ander Herrera 

Herrera is unhappy that United did not make a serious contract offer sooner and is set to leave for PSG on a free transfer. Injury has kept him out of the recent poor run, underlining his importance to the team.

EXIT RATING: 5/5

Scott McTominay 

Came of age in United’s Champions League games against PSG and Barcelona but still has some way to go. Worryingly, there are rumours circulating around Carrington that success is beginning to go to McTominay’s head.

EXIT RATING: 2/5

Fred 

Finally established himself in the first-team in recent weeks but still looks well short of a £52million midfielder. The feeling is that he needs to show the mental strength to play for a club like United.

EXIT RATING: 2/5

Nemanja Matic 

Big enough to accept responsibility for United’s woeful showing at Everton, although it was by no means his first poor performance of the season. Vulnerable as United eye two new central midfielders.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Paul Pogba 

The one player who can really lift this United team yet continually goes missing for his manager. 

United have no appetite to sell Pogba amid persistent links to Real Madrid, but the French World Cup winner’s influence on the pitch does not justify the unwanted noise off it.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Paul Pogba is the one player who can lift United yet continually goes missing for his manager

Paul Pogba is the one player who can lift United yet continually goes missing for his manager

CONTRACTS EXPIRING 

THIS SUMMER

Antonio Valencia, Ander Herrera, Juan Mata

2020

David de Gea, Eric Bailly, Ashley Young, Nemanja Matic, Andreas Pereira, Marcus Rashford, Matteo Darmian, Timothy Fosu-Mensah

2021

Victor Lindelof, Marcos Rojo, Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard 

Juan Mata 

Another Spaniard who faces an uncertain future at Old Trafford as his contract comes to an end. 

Mata’s standing is such that United want him to return as a club ambassador but he does not have the pace or penetration to fit Solskjaer’s style.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Jesse Lingard 

Hamstring injuries have hampered the England international in recent months. As an academy product and one of the more explosive attacking players in the squad, he will be central to the plans of his new boss.

EXIT RATING: 1/5

Marcus Rashford 

Although he has prospered under Solskjaer’s tutelage, a change in attitude has been noted of late. 

Rashford is seen as the future of United and, as such, practically unsellable but his camp are in no hurry to sign a new contract.

EXIT RATING: 2/5

A change in attitude has been noticed in Marcus Rashford despite prospering under Solskjaer

POSSIBLE TARGETS 

Manchester United want a right-back, two central midfielders and a right winger this summer…

RIGHT-BACK: Aaron Wan Bissaka (Crystal Palace)

CENTRE MIDFIELDERS: Saul Niguez (Atletico Madrid), Bruno Fernandes (Sporting Lisbon), Declan Rice (West Ham)

RIGHT WING: Joao Felix (Benfica), Callum Hudson-Odoi (Chelsea) 

Romelu Lukaku 

It is no surprise that United would be open to offloading Lukaku if a club can afford his transfer fee and wages. 

The big Belgian striker is not the ideal fit for Solskjaer, who wants pace and mobility, and prefers to play Rashford at centre forward.

EXIT RATING: 3/5

Anthony Martial 

Mourinho wanted to sell the erratic Frenchman last summer and Solskjaer will probably have a degree of sympathy with his predecessor. 

Martial’s form has dropped off a cliff since he signed a new contract in January.

EXIT RATING: 2/5

Alexis Sanchez 

Solskjaer will have the final say over Sanchez’s future, although finding a club to take on his £500,000-a-week wages will be very difficult if United decide to cut their losses. A huge disappointment.

EXIT RATING: 4/5

Anthony Martial's form has dropped off a cliff since he signed a new contract in January

Anthony Martial’s form has dropped off a cliff since he signed a new contract in January


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