Four Manchester United players are heading towards an exit from the club during the January transfer window. The Red Devils continue to struggle finding their feet in the league even after a managerial change. According to reports, the atmosphere in the dressing room seems to be degrading day by day, which is affecting their performances. Manchester United still lack a rhythm and balance in their playing XI and a few players are desperate for greener pastures.
Moreover, they do not look like a team determined to win trophies. Their attitude and body language on field clearly indicates a tension behind closed doors at the club. The Red Devils are unlikely to make any new signing this month but are prepared to listen to offers for some of their own transfer-listed players. They hope to trim down their squad for a huge upcoming summer in which they will hire a permanent manager.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick will step down as manager at the end of the season. He is set to take up a consultancy role at Old Trafford for the next 2 years. From June 2022, Rangnick will have a direct say in the club’s future transfer strategies.
Meanwhile, despite Ralf Rangnick taking over, United are still far from their usual best. The 1-0 loss against Wolves in their game 2022 puts them further back in the race for Champions League qualification.
The 13-time Premier League champions now sit 7th in the league table. They are currently 4 points off Top 4 with 31 points with 2 games in hand. To make matters worse, they are also almost out of contention for the Premier League title this term. They trail league leaders and cross-town rivals Manchester City by a whopping 22 points.
Players likely to leave in the January transfer window
Earlier this month, the Frenchman already made his intentions clear of plying his trade elsewhere. Rangnick later went on to confirm the same.
The 26-year-old has netted just once in 10 appearances for United this season. However, since his arrival at Old Trafford, he has scored 79 goals and provided 50 assists in 268 appearances for the club.
Sevilla were looking at a loan move for the French international. However, they are not ready to pay his full wages. Rangnick recently revealed that United have not received any suitable offers yet. With no sign of an interested party, Martial might have to stay a while longer.
Jesse Lingard’s contract with United will be up in less than 6 months. The 29-year-old is also hoping to find a way out of the club in this window. However, the Red Devils will reportedly try to convince the Englishman to stay despite interest from West Ham United, Everton, and Newcastle United.
He has only played 87 minutes in Man United colors so far this term. Lingard has scored twice, that too whilst coming off the bench against Newcastle and West Ham. With not even a single start, his future at Old Trafford seems extremely uncertain.
Donny Van de Beek
The Dutchman has only played 67 minutes in the league this campaign. He was an unused substitute for United during their last 3 PL outings against Newcastle, Burnley and Wolves. Even after a change in management, the 24-year-old’s situation has seen no improvement.
However, Ralf Ragnick reportedly wants to hold on to Van de beek for the rest of this season. His lack of game time at Old Trafford could cost him a spot in the Netherlands squad for the 2022 World Cup. The Red Devils are reluctant to let him leave on loan as well. But they will wait until the summer in hopes of landing a big money move for him.
Juan Mata’s contract is also set to expire at the end of June. Unless renewed, he will become a free agent within the next 6 months. The 33-year-old has not played a single game in the Premier League this season.
Mata has been a loyal servant at Old Trafford for more than 5 years. He has made 276 appearances in all competitions for United, chipping in with 51 goals and 47 assists. However, he has not been as influential as he was when he first arrived.
Real Sociedad are one of the many interested parties in the midfielder. He could be allowed to leave for free this month while a number of other clubs continue to keep close tabs on his situation.
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