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Exclusive Report Of The 5 Players That Would Leave Manchester United This January

Timothy Aiyeku

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The transfer window gets busy daily, with a number of teams in the Premier League making some vital signings this season.

The likes of Liverpool and Watford have signed players this January, If we consider the feuds between the big six teams in the English Premier League and the competition of finishing within the top four.

Many football fans are expecting their teams to follow suit for them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League.

As signing get bigger, there is need for some team to restructure their squad by selling some of their players that are surplus to requirement.

Manchester United is considered one of the teams in the League who need to sign new players during this transfer window.

However, there are some of their players who had become old woods in the squad. These set of players might need to be replaced; this piece will discuss five players the Red Devils might sell this transfer window.

Juan Mata

The Spanish midfielder moved from Chelsea to Manchester United for 46 million Euros, the attacking Midfielder was voted Chelsea players of the year for two consecutive seasons. His career got declined at Chelsea when Jose Mourinho was appointed Stamford Bridge manager for the second time. 

Jose who prefer using Brazilian attacking midfielder, Oscar ahead of him due to his inability to support the team defensively.  The Real Madrid Castilla once again discovered his form at Old Trafford, assisting a goal in his debut match against Cardiff City in a 2 nil victory.

The world Cup winner his reputed for his numerous assist in the Premier League. He has scored 51 goals and 50 assist in 255 Premier League campaign.

The signing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the team manager reduced Mata playing opportunity, the Attacking midfielder has been relegated to the bench.

The United’s manager prefers using Paul Pogba has the only attacking midfielder in his famous 4-2-1-3 formation.

The former Chelsea player has been rarely used this season, he only appears 12 times on the pitch of play with 7 of the appearances coming off the bench. 

The Spanish Midfielder who recently extend his contract with Red Devil at the beginning of the season, signing 2 years which ends at 2021 campaign. However, leaving Manchester might be best option for the 31- years –old Spanish player. 

Various teams in the Spanish La Liga still want his service of the out favored united midfielder, the likes of Arsenal, Paris Saint- Germain and Valencia are currently monitoring his situation at Old Trafford and a return to Valencia might be the best option for the midfielder.

Jesse Lingard

The England midfielder joined Manchester United academy at age seven and had become a popular figure at Old Trafford.

The Manchester midfielder was re-instated into the first team after spending 4 seasons on loan at Leicester City, Birmingham City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Derby County respectively.

The United player scored his first senior goal for the Red Devils in a 2 nil victory against West Bromwich Albion.

Currently, he had scored 17 league goals, assisting 10 goals in 129 Premier League outings. Lingard’s statistic shows him performances have not been impressive, his form is dropping at a tremendous rate, over the last 365 days; he finished 2019 without a single goals or assists

The box to box midfielder career is currently declining. He is not showing any sign of improvement even though, he has been playing regularly for the team. 

With the look of things, it seems Solskjaer doesn’t trust his abilities any longer, the United’s legend opted to use him as a bait to lure Leicester City in selling their creative midfielder James Maddison in Player plus cash deal.

With Gunnar’s decision to sign an attacking midfielder this January and has earmarked Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish as the top priority since Brenda Rodger is adamant towards selling any players this January. 

 Jesse leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him; having lost his place at both United squad and in the National team due to his poor performance, his dream to represent England in the upcoming Euro 2020 might not be accomplished if he choose to stay behold January.

Ashley Young

It has been confirmed that Manchester United have agreed with Inter Milan over transfer of Ashley Young.

Young started his career at Watford, making his senior appearance for the team in 2003.

The former England winger was signed by Manchester United from Aston Villa for an undisclosed fee, reportedly within the region of 15-20 million Euros.

The former Aston villa player started his career playing at the wing  for the Red Devils under Six Alex Ferguson where he was given the 18 jersey that was previously worn by Paul Scholes.

The winger was first deployed as a wing back under Louis Van Gaal’s first competitive game in his famous 352 formation against Swansea City, although the match ended in City’s favour, defeating Manchester United in a 2-1 victory.

Young’s days as a winger ended when Jose Mourinho was appointed as United’s manager.

Jose prefers using Juan Mata and Mkhitaryan at both wings. The England player was restricted to just 4 appearances at the first half of the season.

His second campaign under the Portuguese manager was spectacular, he started the season as a right backs in a 3 nil victory over Basel in the champion League. 

Since then, he become a huge impact in Red Devils defense line, where he plays as both a right back and wing back in many occasions. 

The signing of Wan Bissaka makes him surplus to requirement, things might not turn his away when we considered his age and intensity, however leaving Old Trafford might be the best option for him.

Nemanja Matic

The Serbia International was signed from Chelsea on 30 of July 2017. The defensive midfielder has been prolific since he re- united with his former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho.

The left footed play career was blooming under the Portuguese, his defensive ability earn the Red Devils a UEFA Europa league Trophy.

The rise of Scott Mc Tominay under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer reduces Matic effectiveness on the pitch of play.

His brilliant performances make the Serbia international fall out of favor in Solskjaers’s first team squad. 

His situation has fueled speculation,a move to Jose Mourinho’s Tottehman could be on the card for him this January.

Matic who has enjoyed best of his performance under Jose, who he was his manager at Chelsea and Manchester United respectively, with six month left on his contract at united, it will be better option for United to sell him this January or might need up losing him for free next season.

A number of clubs in the Serie A are hoping to sign him this transfer window. Leaving Manchester United might be the best option for the retired Serbia Midfielder.

Diogo Dalot

The speedy Right back was signed from Porto for 19 million Euros by Jose Mourinho.

The defender was bought as a perfect replacement for Young.

His first season at Old Trafford was promising; he recorded 22 appearances in all competition during his previous season.  

The arrival of Wan-Bissaka form Crystal Palace distorted the Portuguese growth at Old Trafford.

Rumors suggest that Manchester United is willing to listen to offer for the 20- years-old player.

Staying at Old Trafford might limit his development;  the young defender will have to compete with Ashley Young and Matteo Darmian for the backup spot.

Dalot who still have 4 years contract at Old Trafford would not be allow to leave cheaply, however going out on loan might be a better option to the promising defender, some clubs in the Championship will love to sign him on loan.

Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.