Man United squad assessed: Who stays? Who goes?
Despite the uncertainty over the next transfer window, Man United is still working on its list of potential new arrivals and who will depart to make room.
At this stage, it is hard to obtain the impact COVID-19 will have on football’s transfer window. Despite the circumstances, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will have an idea about his current squad and how the land lies for each of them.
Prior to the postponement, United went 11 matches unbeaten. They won nine games, scored 28 goals, conceded two and kept nine clean sheets. No one really knows but, this sequence might have altered the thinking behind the scenes.
So, what conclusion might they have reached? Who is staying and who is likely to leave Old Trafford?
David De Gea
The 29-year-old Spaniard struggled for form at the kick-off of the season. Although he has made some uncharacteristic mistakes this year, he became the seventh Premier League goalkeeper to reach 100 clean sheets at one club last month. De Gea has done so in 28% of games this season. By this, he is still better than the majority of his rivals. With all sense, De Gea stays to keep the goal for United.
The 33-year-old is one of the best deputy goalkeepers in the game. With 11 clean sheets from 14 outing this season shows how reliable a stan-in he is. Moreover, Romero has a year remaining on his contract plus the option to extend for another. Having said that, Romero stays in United.
Henderson has been blossoming on a second loan spell at Sheffield United. He is subsequently being talked about as one of the best emerging English goalkeepers after he kept 11 clean sheets for Chris Wilder’s side this season.
At 23, another loan spell is likely. However, the key question remains to be, where will his development be best suited? With all the speculations, Henderson goas on loan.
Bissaka has had a real education in his first season. The 22-year-old has made 36 appearances and he has had the third-best tackling stats in the Premier League with 3.8 per game and the most interceptions at United this term. With four years left on his deal with an added option, he has plenty of time to improve at United. Aaron Wan-Bissaka stays.
Two Premier League starts from eight appearances this season shows how the land lies for Jones. Being United’s long-serving players, Jones has not pulled on a red shirt since scoring in FA Cup. If another club offers him regular football, a permanent deal will be challenging for any buyer. Most probably, the 28-year-old will have to leave and make room for others in United.
The 30-year-old’s decision to make a season-long loan move to Roma looks to have been an inspired one. The decision has opened more doors and putting his name back in the England fold. Roma is keen to sign him permanently but has other suitors too. Smalling will be aware that his chances in the United first team are likely to be more limited next season if the boss opts to sign another centre-back in the summer.
Surprisingly, Smalling has proved himself too accomplished to wait in the Old Trafford wings. The probability that he goes is high.
The Swedish performance has been consistent as he appears to be building a real understanding with Harry Maguire. Lindelof has the best pass-completion figures of any of his club rivals with 85.6%. The 25-year-old signed a long-term contract until 2024. He seems to have secured the spot as Maguire’s first-choice partner. He stays.
Maguire is the world’s most expensive centre-back. He has settled into the high-profile life at Old Trafford and statistically become the top performing defender when it comes to tackles, interceptions and clearances. The captain still has another five years at the Theatre of Dreams. He is here to stay.
Below is the list of more United players who either stays or leaves the club to make room for new signing in the next uncertain transfer window.
Eric Bailly-stays, Marcos Rojo- Goes, Axel Tuanzebe- Stays, Luke Shaw- stays, Brandon Williams- Stays, Diogo Dalot- stays, Timothy Fosu-Mensah-Stays, Nemanja Matic-stays, Fred-stays, Scott McTominay-Stays, Jesse Lingard- goes, Juan Mata- stays, Andreas Pereira-stays, Dan James-stays, Angel Gomes- Goes on loan, Bruno Fernandes-stays, Paul Pogba-stays, Marcus Rashford-stays, Anthony Martial-stays, Mason Greenwood-stays, Odion Ighalo-stays, Tahith Chong-goes on loan, Alexis Sanchez-stays.