It’s going to be a summer of change for Manchester United as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer prepares for his first full season in charge.
The Red Devils boss took over from Jose Mourinho on a caretaker basis in December last year and earned the job permanently in March after winning 14 of his 19 games in charge while in temporary charge.
Since then, it’s not been quite so good for Solskjaer and United’s difficult end to the season made it clear that change is needed this summer.
But what will the Norwegian boss do? Here we look at five United players whose futures could be in doubt:
Romelu LukakuEmbed from Getty Images
We’re not the first to write this – as the countless reports about Inter Milan being linked with the Belgian striker show. Lukaku scored 17 goals in all competitions for United last term and that certainly isn’t a bad return. But he was trusted less and less in big games as a central striker under Solskjaer and the manager may decide Marcus Rashford and a new frontman suit his team better. There would be no shortage of interest in Lukaku and you have to assume Solskjaer will be interested in looking at that.
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Matic played 37 times for United last season and is a definite starter when fit, but does he fit in with the style Solskjaer wants to implement at United? While the Norwegian was a player at Old Trafford, he was more accustomed to playing with midfielders capable of making an impact in the final third and that’s something Matic doesn’t do enough. You have to assume there will be central midfield reinforcements this summer too and that should lead to players leaving this summer. We would not be surprised if United moved on 30-year-old (soon to be 31) Matic as a result.
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Does anyone see a United future for Bailly? Too often he’s been posted missing for the Old Trafford side, actually missing the whole month of May last season as United looked to grab a top four spot. He last completed 90 minutes back in February and only made 13 starts throughout all of last term. Bailly was an expensive signing for Mourinho in 2016, but it just hasn’t worked out. Expect him to leave England as United recoup some of that £30million they gave Villarreal for him.
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Darmian made just six starts for United last season and failed to make a single appearance in the month of May – an important time for Solskjaer’s side. He is an Italian international and has been linked with other clubs on a regular basis so expect one of them to go through with a deal for him. As for United, they should be looking to sign at least one first choice right back this summer.
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Over recent days reports have linked Juventus with a move for Pogba. The French international turned out for the Turin club for four years from 2012, emerging as one of the best midfielders in the world. But his time at United has been full of negativity, barring a couple of good spells of form, and the last game of the season saw him react to fans giving him abuse from the stands. At 26, Pogba needs to be playing in a team that fits his style and it looks increasingly likely that United aren’t that team.
United fans – can you see all five leaving this summer?