Ralf Rangnick is set to oversee an exodus of talent at Old Trafford, with the interim Manchester United manager preparing to say goodbye to a host of Red Devils players
From rescuing a faltering season to implementing a new tactical philosophy, the Red Devils boss’ six months in the Old Trafford hot seat are set to be hectic.
But despite only being in charge on a temporary basis, Rangnick will have a say on who comes in and who goes out, with three players already preparing to pack their bags.
Anthony Martial‘s agent recently confirmed that the hot-and-cold striker wants to leave the club in January, while Andreas Pereira, currently out on loan, has declared that he will ‘do everything’ to end his days as a United player.
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On top of those two public wantaways, Edinson Cavani‘s time as a cult hero appears to be nearing its end.
Following Cristiano Ronaldo‘s return in August, the Uruguayan’s role as the experienced goalscorer in the team has been handed over – just like his shirt number.
But who could join Cavani, Martial and Pereira through the exit door?
Here, Mirror Football runs through the Red Devils’ next likely departures.
Less of a likely January exit but a more inevitable one, Pogba’s second spell at Old Trafford is set to come to a drawn-out end in June upon the expiration of his contract.
The 28-year-old rejoined United in 2016 but inconsistent form and the team’s general plight have rendered his return an unromantic one.
With Rangnick also set to leave his post in six months’ time, the lack of a permanent manager means Pogba’s future is likely be decided in the boardroom and it appears the Red Devils are unwilling to bend to his and agent Mino Raiola‘s demands.
Talks have supposedly been going on for a number of months, but this exit now seems a when rather than an if.
Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are Pogba’s most obvious suitors but are all expected to wait until a free transfer becomes an option next summer, making a mockery of the £89million United shell out to re-sign him five years ago.
Everything has changed. Nothing has changed.
That adage could well be applied to Lingard and his current predicament at Old Trafford.
When Lingard returned in the summer after scoring nine goals in the capital, it was largely expected it would only be for a short period and his fresh start would continue either back at the London Stadium or elsewhere via a mega-money transfer.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, however, was impressed with Lingard’s pre-season determination to stake a claim and kept him around.
But with six months left on his contract, like Pogba, that departure is expected to be much less satisfying for all parties involved.
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Six months ago, it seemed like Henderson’s future with the Red Devils was firmly secure.
Having taken the No.1 spot from David De Gea by the start of spring, the academy graduate had broken into the England squad for Euro 2020 and impressed supporters with his commanding displays between the posts.
But through a combination of injury and De Gea’s resurgence in form, Henderson is now second choice again and has been linked with multiple moves away, most recently Dutch giants Ajax.
Only 24 and boasting plenty of experience under his belt, the ex-Sheffield United stopper has a bright future ahead of him, but it currently looks to be somewhere other than Old Trafford.
A superb servant since he signed in midway through David Moyes‘ ill-fated eight months as manager, Mata has been edging closer to the exit door for a number of years.
33 and still blessed with the technical ability to play at the very top, the Spaniard has signed two short-term contracts since 2019, with his latest deal set to expire in June.
Although Mata could be plying his trade for another club come next term, United are reportedly keen on him becoming an ambassador once he retires – no surprise given his kind nature and charity work.
When the time comes for the former Chelsea man to leave Old Trafford, he will no-doubt receive a fitting and emotional send-off.
Although fans would have liked to have seen Matic during his younger years, the Serbian has still be a solid presence in the Red Devils’ midfield for over four years.
Contracted to the club for another 18 months, Matic seems to enjoy life in Manchester, often coming into the starting XI to provide experience and stability.
But the 33-year-old could soon lend his qualities to another side, recently admitting that he would entertain a move to Brazilian giants Flamengo should the opportunity arise.
“Only Flamengo. Only Flamengo. The only one,” he replied. “I like Dejan Petkovic. A hug to everyone.”
His hero, Petkovic, spent four years of his nomadic career with the Rio-based side across two different spells.
And if Matic fancies a move to the Maracana, he could join Pereira at the club.
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Tipped to potentially become the Red Devils’ ‘best ever player’ by none other than Sir Alex Ferguson upon United’s 2013 Premier League title win, Jones, like the club at large, has been unable to reach that level again.
The 29-year-old has endured torrid luck since Ferguson retired, with persistent injuries forcing him to miss heavy portions of the proceeding eight years and lose his starting place under a host of bosses.
Yet to make a Premier League appearance since January 2020, Jones’ career is dwindling out but a fresh start could be exactly what the ex-Blackburn Rovers prodigy needs.