The players Manchester United could lose in January with club’s stars facing uncertain future
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The players Manchester United could lose in January with club’s stars facing uncertain future

Nov 18, 2023

Manchester United have offloaded a host of star names since Erik ten Hag’s arrival and the exodus could reignite again in January.

United recently secured the long-term futures of Luke Shaw, Marcus Rashford and Alejandro Garnacho as boss Ten Hag continues to take stock of those he hopes to build his team around.

Martial could be heading for the exit door after nine years at Old Trafford

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Martial could be heading for the exit door after nine years at Old TraffordCredit: Getty

But with eight first-team players out of contract in the summer and others seemingly surplus to requirements, an uncertain future awaits at the Theatre of Dreams

Anthony Martial

The £58million signing from Monaco began life at Old Trafford with much promise, scoring on his debut against Liverpool in 2015.

But injury has hampered his time at the club which has limited the Frenchman to 89 goals in eight years, with just 12 coming in his last two-and-a-half seasons.

Martial’s contract expires in June and United have the option to trigger a one-year extension in his current deal. However, the club may opt against it due to the striker’s continued unavailability and lack of impact on the pitch.

Aaron Wan-Bissaka

The former Crystal Palace defender looked to be on his way out of Old Trafford at the beginning of Ten Hag’s tenure.

The club were reportedly planning to send him on loan for the 2022/23 campaign but an upturn in form left Ten Hag impressed.

The 25-year-old went on to become a key player last term in United’s quest of Carabao Cup glory and Champions League qualification.

With just seven months remaining on his existing deal, United may still look to offload the England international or trigger the option of an additional year as per the terms of his current contract.

Van de Beek's future at United remains uncertain under Ten Hag

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Van de Beek’s future at United remains uncertain under Ten HagCredit: Getty

Donny van de Beek

The Dutch midfielder has endured a torrid time at Old Trafford since signing for the club from Ajax for £35m in 2020.

Van de Beek has been unable to stamp his mark on the United squad despite arriving with a solid reputation after his exploits with the Amsterdam-based club and Netherlands national team.

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He spent last year on loan at Everton, making seven appearances, but his return to Manchester United has seen him continue to slip down the pecking order and the club could look to cash in early before his contract expires in 2025.

Jonny Evans

The Northern Irishman was a surprise addition to Ten Hag’s squad this summer after his exit from relegated Leicester City in June.

Evans, who came through United’s academy, joined the Red Devils’ pre-season tour and was subsequently handed a one-year contract after impressing the Dutchman.

Ten Hag has utilised Evans this season as cover for the injured Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane. However, it remains to be seen whether United opt to keep the experienced centre-back at the club beyond the current season.

Victor Lindelof

Another centre-back at risk of leaving the club is Victor Lindelof who signed for the club under former boss Jose Mourinho in 2017.

The Swede has seen his gametime drastically reduced under Ten Hag who has preferred the partnership of Varane and Martinez.

Lindelof did play a part in United’s surge to Champions League qualification at the end of last season, leaving his manager satisfied with his performances.

Lindelof turned down a move away form Old Trafford this summer to fight for his place under Ten Hag

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Lindelof turned down a move away form Old Trafford this summer to fight for his place under Ten HagCredit: AFP

The centre-back was linked with a move to La Liga and Serie A in the summer but opted to stay and fight for his place at Old Trafford.

The 29-year-old is out of contract next summer but the club do have the option of extending his stay for a further 12 months.

Tom Heaton

The veteran goalkeeper returned to the club in 2021 but has made just three first-team appearances.

Heaton has slipped to third choice goalkeeper behind Andre Onana and Altay Bayindir but things could have been very different for the 37-year old this summer.

A move to Premier League new-boys Luton Town was reportedly blocked by Ten Hag due to insufficient cover at the time.

Heaton is out of contract next summer and could look for an opportunity for more game time elsewhere.

Brandon Williams

The academy graduate has taken a backseat under Ten Hag, having featured for just five minutes under the Dutchman in a Carabao Cup clash against Burnley last season.

The 23-year-old is currently on loan at Championship high-flyers Ipswich and has just seven months remaining on his existing deal at Old Trafford.

While it appears Williams is not currently in Ten Hag’s future plans, United do have the option to activate a further 12 months as per the terms of his contract. Ipswich will also be monitoring United’s movements for the defender who has featured ten times for the Tractor Boys this season.

Hannibal Mejbri

The Tunisia international is highly regarded as one of the club’s brightest talents despite his contract expiring in June.

Mejbri is highly regarded by Ten Hag but his future at the club is unclear

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Mejbri is highly regarded by Ten Hag but his future at the club is unclear

Mejbri was subject of interest from a host of European clubs in the summer but Ten Hag opted against losing the talented 20-year-old.

United are reportedly in talks with Mejbri over a new deal and also boast the option to extend for a further 12 months.


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