Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plots a summer of change at Manchester United – but who will remain at Old Trafford for the start of next season?
- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could sell up to six players in his Manchester United squad
- He has been linked with signing Callum Hudson-Odoi and Jadon Sancho
- Solskjaer has also been looking to integrate youngsters into the first-team
A summer of upheaval beckons at Old Trafford now Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has taken the reins on a permanent basis at Manchester United.
There are a number of players whose contracts are expiring and question marks over other stars in the squad. Solskjaer also has Callum Hudson-Odoi, Jadon Sancho and Aaron Wan-Bissaka on his shortlist, but space must be made for any potential arrival.
So who will still be at Old Trafford at the start of next season? Sportsmail assesses the United squad.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is plotting a summer of change at Manchester United
David de Gea – A cornerstone of the United squad and the one player they truly cannot afford to lose. Contract talks are taking longer than some might have expected but a resolution will likely be found before long.
Sergio Romero – As good a No 2 as any in the Premier League. Whether he wants to go for first-team football somewhere else is up to him but United will be happy to keep him on their books.
David de Gea’s contract negotiations are ongoing but United cannot afford to lose him
Victor Lindelof – A difficult start to life at Old Trafford last season but has definitely matured this time around and is offering more to the team.
Eric Bailly – The opposite to Lindelof. Seems to have lost his way at United and has been substituted twice in the first half of games this season. With his deal expiring in 2020, it would make sense for United to cash in now.
Eric Bailly’s future at United is becoming more and more uncertain after a tough season
Phil Jones – Signed a new contract in February until 2023, so will be going nowhere.
Chris Smalling – Like Jones, penned an extension himself in December that lasts until 2022.
Matteo Darmian – Has only played six times this season and only two of those have been under Solskjaer. The writing is on the wall.
Diogo Dalot – Has produced some promising displays at right-back but speculation of a move for Aaron Wan-Bissaka at Crystal Palace suggests it might not be enough for Ole Gunner Solskjaer.
Verdict: JURY’S OUT
United’s pursuit of Aaron Wan-Bissaka suggests Diogo Dalot has some convincing to do
Ashley Young – Signed a one-year contract extension in February.
Antonio Valencia – United passed on a contract extension meaning when his contract expires in the summer, it will bring the curtain down on 10 years service at Old Trafford.
Luke Shaw – Looked destined to leave a year ago but with hard work, focus and resilience he is now a key player under Solskjaer.
Paul Pogba – Has gone from strength to strength since Solskjaer broke the chains over his position in the starting line-up but that hasn’t stopped him talking up a move to Real Madrid now Zinedine Zidane is manager.
Solskjaer could have work to do if Real reciprocate the interest, especially if they fail to finish in the top four or win the Champions League.
VERDICT: Jury’s Out
Paul Pogba has been talking up the possibility of one day playing for Real Madrid
Juan Mata – It seems his time at Old Trafford is coming to an end. Links to Hudson-Odoi and Sancho suggest that Solskjaer is looking for someone with more pace than Mata, who will be 31 when the window opens, can offer.
Nemanja Matic – Like De Gea, a year remains on his contract but United would be wise to sort an extension soon. He is much more replaceable than De Gea is but his experience makes him an important part of the United squad.
Fred – Is yet to light up the sky in United colours since arriving for £52m but United are unlikely to write off such an investment just yet. The Brazil international is likely to have more time to prove himself at Old Trafford, should he want it.
Ander Herrera – His contract expires at the end of this season and with United not willing to match his £200,000-a-week demands, a move to Paris Saint-Germain appears more and more likely.
Ander Herrera’s wage demands appear to be pricing him out of a new United contract
Juan Mata faces scrutiny over his United future, especially if they buy a midfielder this summer
Andreas Pereira – Only a year left on his contract but with Solskjaer looking to embed academy graduates in his squad, he could have a role to play next season.
Scott McTominay – Perhaps there are long-term questions over whether the Scotland midfielder is up to United’s standard but like Pereira, is one Solskaer’s academy graduates who he will look to mold next season.
Jesse Lingard – Another player who has thrived under Solskjaer and is now one of United’s key men.
Alexis Sanchez – His huge wages are prompting the likes of De Gea and Herrera to ask for inflated sums themselves. But unlike De Dea and Herrera
Alexis Sanchez has endured a torrid time since arriving at United on huge contract
Romelu Lukaku offers Solskjaer an attacking alternative with his physicality
Anthony Martial – Has turned things around since his clashes with Jose Mourinho last summer. Signed a new deal until 2024 in January.
Marcus Rashford – One of United’s key men this season, arguably reaching his best form yet in a United shirt.
Romelu Lukaku – far from an ever-present under Solskjaer but offers a more physical alternative to his other options in the final third.
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