The Red Devils have revamped their team and with a few more mindful additions, they can contend for the title soon. But the spending will be limited as the pandemic has affected the financial situation of the club.
By selling the players in January, United can get additional funds for transfers as well as get rid of the unhappy ones at the club. A typical win-win situation.
Manchester United recently started showing impressive football on the pitch after a slow start in this season. Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was under pressure after their exit from the Champions League group stages but since then they have turned the table around.
They now sit at 3rd position with 26 points from 13 Premier League fixtures, 5 points behind champions Liverpool.
EXPECTED DEPARTURES AT MANCHESTER UNITED IN JANUARY:
The 30-year-old Argentinian has been struggling to make an impact at the club and has only appeared in 122 games across all competitions. He was loaned out last year to his boyhood club, Estudiantes de La Plata for half a season.
Marcos Rojo was to be sold last year, but the lack of suitors saw his stay at the club. He last played for United in November 2019. Since then, injuries saw him remain sidelined.
The Argentinian has favoured a loan move with Newcastle United and Sheffield United already interested in him. But, if a proper offer is made, United will be accepting it.
Sergio Romero was the best 2nd choice goalkeeper a club could have asked for. After completing his move from Sampdoria for free, he established himself well and was the favoured No.2 for United for 5 years.
But things changed when the English graduate from United’s Academy, Dean Henderson, returned from his spell at Sheffield United. The 33-year-old goalkeeper was pushed further down and was now the 3rd choice goalkeeper.
He was troubled with his role and had requested a move away in August. But for certain reasons, that move didn’t happen. Now, a temporary move looks desirable with an unnamed Spanish side looking to loan him for the rest of the season. David Beckham’s Inter Miami is also looking to sign him next summer.
Sometimes the greatest ones also make mistakes. When Phil Jones was signed in 2011 from Blackburn Rovers, Sir Alex had termed him to be one of the greatest defenders of all time. We all know what happened later.
Jones has been an important part of the team for a pretty long time. As time passed, his performance was deteriorating, and was more famous for his expressions than defending.
The 28-year-old defender was out of favour after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer arrived. His appearances decreased and he rarely appeared in the starting line-ups.
Burnley, West Brom and Derby are the possible destinations for him, and a loan move with the majority of the salary paid by United is possible.
The 28-year-old English midfielder who rose from the United academy and made an impact early on is now on the verge of leaving Manchester United.
Jesse Lingard was given a lot of chances by Ole so that he can get back into the squad. But he failed to impress and only scored one goal last season that came in the last minute of the Premier League’s final match.
Since then, he has rarely appeared, with his last appearance coming in the Carbao Cup 3 months ago.
He has only 6 months left in his contract with no signs of an improved deal looking a possibility. Manchester United may trigger the 1-year contract extension though if a suitable bid not made in January. Sheffield United have yet again been linked with another United player.
It was a dream come true for the Nigerian international when he was signed for United on loan from Shanghai Greenland Shenhua on the deadline day of the January transfer window.
Odion Ighalo made a decent impact on the pitch as he scored some beautiful goals. After the arrival of Edinson Cavani, his requirement was diminished with him spending more time on the bench. He will be returning to his club in China.
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